Get ready! The #ADSOMreadalong is almost here!

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So if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me tweet about this a few times, but I wanted to share it here just in case some of you haven’t seen it.

Victoria Schwab reached out to readers about putting together a readalong (or in my case, rereadalong) for ADSOM. If you haven’t read A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC or want to reread it before A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, this is your chance! It starts tomorrow, February 1, and we’ll be chatting about certain parts of the book every Monday at 9 p.m. EST on Twitter using the hashtag #ADSOMreadalong! The best part is that we’ll be finishing ADSOM before A GATHERING OF SHADOWS releases on February 23!

And if you’re on Goodreads, you can join the Goodreads group for the readalong HERE.

Plus, for your convenience, here’s the readalong schedule so you can add it to your planners/calendars/phone reminders.

  • Monday, February 1st, 9pm: Intro Chat! Come tell us who you are! We’ll discuss what the plan is and talk all things ADSOM!
  • Monday, February 8th, 9pm: We’ll Discuss Parts 1-5
  • Monday, February 15th, 9pm: We’ll Discuss Parts 6-10
  • Monday, February 22nd, 9pm: Discuss final chapters and talk about our theories for A Gathering of Shadows!

Don’t forget that the hashtag we’re using is #ADSOMreadalong, so check that for updates and reminders for the chat!

Are any of you planning to join in?

Rock My TBR Challenge: Sign Up Post

Alright. So my TBR pile is getting a little out of hand. I get so excited about a book that I buy it but then I don’t have time to read it because I already have SO many books I own but haven’t read. The wonderful Sarah over at the YA Book Traveler has created the Rock My TBR Challenge as a way to help hold us accountable for those books and get us to tackle our TBR. I’m so excited for this challenge, especially because I’d been wanting to do this for a while. But now I’ve got other people who’ll also be doing this and I’m hoping it’ll keep me with this challenge.

Rock My TBR Challenge

I have way too many books to read all of them next year in addition to all the other books I’m probably going to buy in 2016, so I’ve created a list of “high priority” books that I REALLY want to read next year. Then, if I complete all of the books on that list, I’ve got a list of “also important” books to read (because aren’t all TBR books important?). If I somehow complete all of those too, I’ll update this post with more books I want to read. I’m not including ARCs in this list (well, except for Grasshopper Jungle, but that’s because I only have it in ARC form) – these are all books I already own that have been published and that I really want to read. Books that are signed are marked with a * because I’m kind of sad I haven’t read those ones yet. If I link a sequel as well, it means I have that one too.

If any of you have one or more of these books on your TBR, I LOVE to do buddy reads, so just let me know if you are interested and we’ll see if we can schedule it! 🙂

HIGH PRIORITY BOOKS (titles linked to Goodreads)

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ALSO IMPORTANT BOOKS (titles linked to Goodreads)

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Neither of these lists are in reading order. We all know I’m a mood reader so it’ll completely depend on what I’m feeling when I go to pick up a new book. But the plan is to read at least one book per month I already own (hence the original 12 choices) and then if I end up completing those, moving on to the next 12 choices. Here’s hoping I can do it!

I will also be updating this post with links to the reviews of these books, so check back if you are interested in my thoughts!

Do you have a huge TBR too? Sign up for the Rock My TBR Challenge and link me up so I can see your list!

My Dream Literary Collection | Invaluable.com

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Invaluable.com, a really cool website with a HUGE collection of books (first editions, collectible editions, etc.) – plus other items – that they auction. They’ve asked a group of bloggers to write a post all about what they would like in their dream library. I thought that sounded super fun, because who doesn’t think about which ARCs or editions of books they’d LOVE to own?

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I’m sure you’ll all be surprised when you see the very first thing I’d LOVE to own is a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, which are sadly very rare. And super expensive when they come up. For example, the edition in the picture below sold at auction for around $40,000 a few years ago. WOAH.

BOOKS POTTER AUCTION

Another you’ll probably not be surprised about – I would LOVE to own a copy of The Little White Bird or Adventures in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie, which is the amazing first appearance of Peter Pan. Look at this gorgeous first edition that is SIGNED by Barrie. The book was published in 1902 and signed in 1921. I NEED it.

The Little White Bird

I also found a beautiful first edition of Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery that’s signed and numbered, which is freaking amazing. I adore this story and, like Peter Pan, it reminds to have a childlike curiosity about the world.

Le Petit Prince

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I also browsed some of the past lots from Invaluable’s website and found some seriously amazing editions I’d love to put in my collection. For example,

LOT 197: I’m a huge fan of Robert Louis Stevenson. I found a GORGEOUS edition of Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which is the first book I ever read by him and one of my favorite books ever – it’s also a FIRST EDITION FROM 1886. WHY IS IT SOLD? I NEED IT.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

LOT 118: They also had beautiful first editions of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. *drools* I feel like I would cradle these like a baby if I owned them. Hahaha.

Sherlock Holmes

LOT 222: And last but not least, I found a current auction for a first edition of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald!! That would be amazing to own. I love that story SO much.

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I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there. What books do you have in your dream literary collection? Make sure you head on over to invaluable.com to browse their auctions – they’ve got some really wonderful stuff there.

#WICKEDREADS for Halloween

I don’t know about you guys, but Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday. Not only is it during fall – my favorite season – but it’s all about candy and costumes and creepy books. So get out your flashlights, candy corn, blanket, and get ready to pack your shelves with some wicked reads. (All titles linked to Goodreads, as always)

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett     The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle     Slasher Girls & Monsters Boys     The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

BLOOD AND SALT by Kim Liggett (come back later this week for my review!) – A commune, a freaking cornfield, murder, blood, a FREAKING CORNFIELD. *shudders* Why do scary things always come from the cornfield?

THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle (come back later this week for my review!) – Not necessarily as scary as the others or what you would think of as horror, but this eerie, haunting story about things that lurk in your backyard, violent accidents, and taboo will still put you in the mood for Halloween and fall.

SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS by various authors, curated by April Genevieve Tucholke (come back on Wednesday for my review!) – This collection of creepy, horrifying, strange stories by some of the best YA authors is seriously awesome. There were a few stories that literally had me looking over my shoulder and keeping the light on.

THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich – You guys might have read my review of this one, but it’s perfect for fans of psychological horror, possession, and the strange things the mind can do.

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THE WALKING DEAD, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman – I’m sure I don’t really need to explain this one too much, but if you haven’t read these comics yet, what the heck are you waiting for?

CORALINE by Neil Gaiman – Kids trapped in mirrors, strange people with button eyes who kidnap Coraline and want her to sew buttons on for her own eyes. I mean, what more do you want?

THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll – You might’ve also read my review of this one, but this is a graphic novel made up of four seriously creeptastic stories with some chilling illustrations. ‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

DOLL BONES by Holly Black – This one is a little different from the others in that it’s a MG novel, but like I said in my review, I think Doll Bones was just creepy enough, but not too much to scare young children into nightmares.

Some others that I’m looking forward to checking out:

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski     Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs     Survive the Night by Danielle Vega     Shutter by Courtney Alameda

NIGHTFALL by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski – A world in which the sun only rises every 28 years. YEARS. Just imagine how different the world would be if it was almost always night. You would definitely have reason to be afraid of the things that go bump in the night.

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs – my awesome Secret Sister just sent me this one and I cannot wait to read it! Just flipping through this one could creep you out – it’s full of some disturbing and strange photos.

SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega – An underground rave in NYC that turns deadly. Teens are being hunted in the creepy, dank tunnels of the NYC subway system. Sounds pretty thrilling and terrifying to me.

SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda – A ghost hunt that goes wrong and infects the hunters with something that will kill them unless they can exorcise their own entities. Add in the fact that the MC is a descendant of Van Helsing and you’ve got me hooked.

What are your favorite wicked reads?

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Something you guys might interested in too, which I think is super awesome, is that Penguin Teen is hosting a week long contest on Twitter this week (today until Halloween) in which you can write a spooky story in 140 or less using the #TwitterGhostStory hashtag. Your story (make sure you use the hashtag) will enter you for a chance to win a prize pack of Penguin Teens’ Wicked Reads featured titles (find out which titles on their Tumblr HERE). I’m really excited to see what people come up with for their stories.

ALSO, if you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve seen that I hosted a Wicked Reads Twitter chat a week and a half ago (Thank you again SO MUCH to Penguin Teen for letting me host!). There’s one more Twitter chat left THIS FRIDAY, October 30 hosted by @mashreads – you can chat with and ask questions of:  Danielle Vega, author of The Merciless and Survive the Night, Peter Kujawinskivg, author of Nightfall, Kim Liggett, author of Blood and Salt, April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, Carol Goodman, author of the Blythewood series, and Sally Green, author of the Half Bad series. SO many awesome authors!

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Thursday Thoughts: October Uppercase Box Subscription Review

It feels like, these days, there is a subscription service to literally everything you could think of – from healthy snacks to nail polish to make up to (my personal favorite) books. I’ve been really curious about all of these subscriptions that have been popping up. One such box is Uppercase,Uppercase-logo founded by Lisa Parkin, the blogger at Read. Breathe. Relax., and it has a particular focus on YA titles, which is a selling point for me. Every month, Lisa handpicks a title that she has personally read and love, along with a few other bookish goodies. NOTE: I did not pay for this box but received one from Uppercase Box in exchange for an honest review.

WHAT I GOT:

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I won’t lie, I thought it was kind of funny that it’s called an Uppercase “box” and it actually comes in a simple USPS mailing envelope. But I thought the cute canvas bag that all the items come in was adorable, and I’ll definitely be saving it.

Also funny is that I actually have this mint tin. I got it at a little shop in Edinburgh, Scotland when I was living there. I use it as my pill case in my purse (for aspirin and such; NOT a druggie). So even though I owned it already, I was actually excited to get a new one – the old one is about four years old and is pretty banged up.

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LOOK HOW CUTE THIS COIN PURSE IS! I have no idea what I’m going to use it for yet, but I absolutely adore it. I have a Cheshire cat tattoo, so I love that it has the “We’re all mad here” quote on it.

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I’m reading the Lunar Chronicles series right now, so these tattoos were super fun. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to use them, but I might be able to fit them into a teen program at the library. 🙂

I LOVE that the box comes with a handwritten note that describes the book and why Lisa chose it. Makes the box feel really personal, as do the post-it notes, which are included throughout the book. You can go to the website and enter in a little code found on the post-it notes that will reveal exclusive content and a way to interact with other readers. How freaking cool is that?

Every book that you get through the Book Exclusive plan will either be signed or come with a signed bookplate. I don’t know about you guys, but I love signed books!

October Uppercase Box

Alright, let’s talk about this subscription box.

WHAT I LIKE:

  • THE OPTIONS – There are three different subscriptions you can choose from through Uppercase: Book Exclusive (a book – signed/signed book plate – and exclusive book content and publisher-provided goodies; $17/month); Expert Plan (everything in the Book Exclusive plan, but with bookish items that are exclusive to that subscription ($23/month); Personalized Plan (personalized book choice based on your reading preferences, checked against your read shelf on GR, not signed; $29/month). I think this is really great because it gives you options and price choices.
  • THE READING EXPERIENCE – The codes on the post-it notes that are included throughout the book can be entered online to receive exclusive content (like videos from the author or additional backstories) and allow you to interact with other Uppercase readers. I entered a couple in just to see what there was and saw a video from the author and a few questions for readers to answer and discuss with each other. This is super cool.
  • THE SIGNED BOOKS – Like I said earlier, each book is either signed or comes with a signed book plate. So so cool.

WHAT I’M IFFY ON:

  • THE GAMBLE – As a book blogger, I stay pretty up to date with new releases and (though I don’t buy new releases all the time) I could possibly get a book that I’ve already read (through an ARC) or bought. Uppercase recommends not pre-ordering or buying that month’s new releases until you receive your box. That would work for me personally most of the time, but I can see other people who would struggle with this.
  • THE PRICE – Alright, I’m actually okay with the Book Exclusive plan ($17/month) because not only do you get a book, which is priced in that range by itself, but it’s signed and you get several other items. However, if I subscribed, I’d probably want either the Expert or Personalized plan, and that could get a bit pricey some months.
  • THE RETURN POLICY – At this time, you cannot return an Uppercase box for a refund. I understand this completely because it would get super crazy for them, and while I don’t personally have an issue with it, it’s something to be aware of.

Would I actually subscribe to the Uppercase Box? I’m not sure. I really did love the box, and I’m super excited to read the book and interact with the other readers. However, I’d probably prefer to get the Personalized plan, and $29/month is not always doable. I think the thing that makes me the most unsure is the gamble. I looked back through Uppercase’s past boxes, and there were a few books that I either had an ARC for or already owned (like I bought the book the day it came out because I couldn’t wait). I’m not sure I could justify paying that much money to get a book I already owned. On the other hand, I love the idea of surprise bookish mail handpicked by someone who really knows what they are talking about. I’ve got to think on this one.

Find out more on Uppercase’s Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Do you have a subscription to any monthly boxes?

Blog Friends Forever Blog Hop: Random Acts of Kindness (& TWO giveaways!)

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I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Friends Forever Tour, which is hosted by the wonderful ladies behind Fiction Fare and the Swoony Boys Podcast. They wanted to celebrate this wonderful bookish community we are all part of, and I just HAD to participate. I was actually featured the other day on Katherine at Neon Yeti Reads’ blog for an interview and she’s even giving away one of my favorite books – Mosquitoland!! Make sure you go check it out and enter to win!

My topic for this tour was R.A.K. – Random Acts of Kindness. I love this idea, always have. Giving/supporting/loving people just because. I did a few things under this theme this week. Let’s see:

This past Monday was my second teen book club at the library, and we read…you guessed it – MOSQUITOLAND! I wrote about it on Thursday, but one of my favorite parts of the evening was when I got to give each of my teens a signed bookmark from David Arnold. They LOVED this. One of them was flipping through my copy of the book and got really excited when she saw it was signed. The look on her (and my other teens’) face when I got to give them something signed was priceless and wonderful and plastered a big smile on my own face. I’m so glad David was kind enough to do this for me and my teens. Check out this picture of me and them with their bookmarks!

Mosquitoland Book Club

If you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve seen that I did a giveaway for three copies of Adam Silvera’s incredible debut More Happy Than Not this week. I loved that book and I ADORE Adam, so I wanted to help spread the love of MHTN. I didn’t ask for people to follow me to enter – I really just wanted to support MHTN. I announced the three winners on Twitter this morning. 🙂

And now, I’ve got something for YOU. I will have two winners – one will win a Kindle copy of More Happy Than Not and the other will win up to $10 on The Book Depository. Click the graphic below to be taken to Rafflecopter to enter! The giveaway is open internationally (as long as TBD delivers to you) until October 18.

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We’ve also got an AMAZING tour-wide giveaway happening. There will be 3 winners. We are giving away $75, $50, and $25 gift cards to the winner’s choice of book retailer. How freaking awesome is that? Click the graphic below to be taken to the tour-wide giveaway!

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Check out the other two people who are posting today!

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Based on A True Story

I’m going on vacation!

Hey, lovelies! I just wanted to let you know that I will be going on vacation from TOMORROW (!!!), Friday, September 4 until Thursday, September 10. I have posts scheduled for most of the week, but I won’t be responding to comments as quickly as I usually do. In case you missed it though, I have a great giveaway going for copies of THREE of Jennifer E. Smith’s books!

Where will I be going, you ask? I’ll be heading to Decatur, GA for three days for the Decatur Book Festival, where I’ll be moderating TWO panels (PG-13 on Saturday & Thicker Than Water on Sunday) plus hopefully meeting a bunch of amazing authors and fellow bloggers. Then I’ll be heading down to FL for a few days (going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Monday with Annette aka Booknerderie then spending a few days with family and generally vacationing). I’m SUPER excited! This is the first time I’ve taken a weeklong vacation by myself and the first vacation (longer than a weekend) I’ve taken in years.

I also wanted to mention that if you will be at the Decatur Book Festival, come say hi if you see me! This is what I look like (I only occasionally make this face). But, like, I have no hair, so I’m really hard to miss. 🙂

A picture of me

Anyway, I just wanted to give you guys a little heads up and say that I’ll miss you! If you would like to follow along on my vacation, I’ll be posting pics and updates on Twitter and Instagram (mostly Instagram for pictures).

<3,

Stefani

Interview with Jennifer E. Smith (& Giveaway!)

Recently, my new blogger friend Brittany from Brittany’s Book Rambles and I buddy read Jennifer E. Smith’s new book, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (my review) and loved it. I was fortunate enough to interview Jen at last year’s Decatur Book Festival, and now I am fortunate enough to bring you a follow up interview about her latest book. Brittany also has a fun interview from Jen over on her blog! AND I’ve got a little fortune FOR YOU. I won the April #NOVLBox curated by Jen, which contained copies of all three of her main books (The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Geography of You and Me, and This Is What Happy Looks Like), all three of which I already owned (I LOVE Jen). So I’m going to share the love! Stick around to the bottom of the post and click over to Rafflecopter to enter to win all three paperback copies!

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Last year at the Decatur Book Festival, we talked about how Hello, Goodbye is more of a goodbye versus your other books which are one big hello. Can you talk about the differences in writing that – how this relationship was already in full swing versus at the very beginning, etc.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. SmithYes, it was a lot of fun to write a book that was set up a bit differently than my last few.  With STAT, HAPPY, GEOGRAPHY, the characters are just meeting each other, and the book is really about the first steps of their relationships, the getting to know each other part.  But this one is about a couple that’s been together for two years, and they’re getting ready to part ways.  So it’s a deeper relationship right off the bat, which means more emotion, more baggage, more intensity.  And no matter how the night ends, they’re both leaving for college in the morning, which means they’re going to have to say goodbye.  The question is just whether it’s goodbye for now or goodbye forever.

Can you talk briefly about the journey you’ve been on from last year (when there wasn’t even a title to the new book) to almost publication date?

I think at this time last year I had finished the book itself, though we were probably still editing it. But that year between getting to the end of the book and waiting for it to come out is always an odd one.  On the one hand, the heavy lifting is over, and you’re just working out the details.  On the other, you’re excited for people to start reading the book, so it feels like a very long time to wait until it’s officially out in the world.

We had a tough time with the title on this one.  It’s the first time in a while that I really couldn’t think of anything, and it took a very long time and a whole lot of brainstorming to get to HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BEWEEN. I absolutely love it, but it’s a little weird for me too, since this is the first time I didn’t come up with one of my titles myself.  My editor and her assistant thought of this one, and I’m very, very grateful to them.

As for the cover, that was a fun process. The picture on this one is actually a real engagement photo, which I think makes it feel that much more realistic. I always feel really lucky to have the covers that I do, since I really love the style, but I think this one is particularly great.

For those who haven’t read the new book, can you give us a little insight into Clare and Aiden’s relationship and why they’re making the decision to either split up or try for long distance?

Well, they’ve been together for a couple years, but they’re about to head off to colleges at opposite ends of the country – Clare to New Hampshire and Aidan to California – and while neither of them really wants to break up, the idea of staying together in the face of all that distance seems daunting.  Clare is more pragmatic; she thinks it makes sense to end things now on their own terms, rather than slowly drifting apart, which she thinks is inevitable.  But Aidan is an optimist, and he believes they can survive it, even when so many others don’t.  At the start of their last night, they still haven’t managed to agree on what to do. So they basically have twelve hours left to decide…

Distance (and travel) are always a big influence in your books. Splitting characters apart allows for a lot of developments for the characters and their relationships. What is it about distance that appeals to you in regards to your writing?

Honestly, I think a big part of it is that I don’t like to write bad guys. I prefer to let time and fate and circumstance be the obstacles in my stories.  But I’m also fascinated by those same themes – time and distance, chance and serendipity – and so they’re a lot of fun for me to explore, and I tend to keep returning to them in different ways.

What draws you to the contemporary/romance genre?

Mostly, I think it’s just what I tend to gravitate toward as a reader, so it was only natural that I’d end up writing it too. That said, I don’t really think of my books as romances. I realize they have couples on the cover – and hearts! – but the family elements to the stories are really important to me too, so I think of them more as just realistic fiction.

Has your writing style/preferences evolved as you’ve continued to write books?

I hope so! I’d like to think I’m always growing and evolving as a writer.  But the crazy part of this process is that every single time I sit down to start something new, it feels like I’m learning to do it all over again for the very first time, which can be thrilling in its own way, but also really challenging.  If there are any shortcuts to this whole writing thing, I certainly haven’t figured them out yet!

And like I asked last year, what book(s) are you reading right now?

I just finished A LITTLE LIFE, which absolutely wrecked me, and I can’t stop thinking about it. It might be one of the most impressive novels I’ve ever read.  It’s a really tough read, but so, so beautiful. I loved it.

I also just read BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME, which is so important, and I think everyone should read it at some point.

I’ve read a few great YA books this summer too: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews, and SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli, among others.

And I’m in the middle of READY PLAYER ONE right now, which I’m enjoying so far!

One more fun one: if you could have been the original author on any book, which would it be and why?

HARRY POTTER, of course!

Thanks, Jen!

Make sure you head over to Brittany’s blog to see the other part of the interview!

ABOUT JEN

Author Photo_Jennifer E Smith

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.

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THE GIVEAWAY

(THANK YOU TO THE NOVL FOR SENDING ME THESE BOOKS IN THE NOVL BOX!)

Terms & Conditions:

  • This contest is open to US residents only.
  • The giveaway will run until September 24, 2015 at midnight CST.
  • You must be 18 years or older, or have parents’ permission to enter.
  • I will check all of the entries for the chosen winner. If any of them have been given and you haven’t actually done them, you will be disqualified.
  • If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will choose another winner.
  • I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail, and I cannot replace anything that is lost. I’m sorry.

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That Time My Friend and I Were a Little…Peculiar #StayPeculiar

I’m sure most of you have heard of Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. The third book in the series, Library of Souls, comes out next month, and he’s going on tour to promote it. However, he’ll only be in five cities in the U.S., and because Ransom is smart and awesome, he’s hosting a super cool contest – you have to take a picture of yourself looking like a peculiar, and Ransom and three book tubers (Jesse the Reader, Xtinemay, and Katytastic) will be choosing a winner who (along with a friend) will be flown to one of the tour dates for a meet and greet with Ransom. How freaking cool is that?!

So my friend Anna and I decided we’d participate, because duh. I live on ten acres of land, so we had a lot of fun spending the day taking pictures in the woods and by the lake, and we drove down to a church for another shot. Anna edited them all in Photoshop (to add the wings and make us float and take chunks out of our body), so she’s got the credit for making them awesome. I LOVE all the pictures of us, so I wanted to share them with you!

Don’t forget to #staypeculiar, you guys.