Summer Blogger Promo Tour – The YA Club

Today is the last day I will have a guest post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour. So sad! I’ve had so much fun. Fear not, there’ll be a wrap up post next Sunday. 🙂

This Sunday, L.S. Murphy of The YA Club tells us about why her favorite book means so much to her. After you read the post, make sure you go check her out on her blog (which is made up of eight different bloggers – all of whom make up the YA Club, like the Breakfast Club. So cool). Or say hi to The YA Club on Twitter or tweet L.S. Murphy.
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Rats Saw GodWe all have books from our youth we love. My reading varied from the Sweet Valley High books to Faulkner and Vonnegut. My love of reading may have started with The Pokey Little Puppy, but I fell in love with Young Adult literature during a college course and haven’t looked back since.

Actually, there is one book that really hit me hard: Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas. Yes, he who created Veronica Mars, which I LOVE. Rats Saw God is about a seventeen-year-old high school senior who has to write a one-hundred page paper in order to graduate. Steve writes about what brought him from Texas, where he lived with his father, to California to live with his mother, step-father, and sister. The story is raw and emotional, but that’s not what got to me.

I wished I had it when I was in high school. My parents divorced when I was a freshman, it wasn’t pretty. Steve’s journey from bitterness to understanding spoke to the seventeen-year-old girl who went through the same thing (without the drugs of course) over the course of four years. It was all most as if that book was written just for me.

A good book speaks to you, but a great book lives inside you and becomes a part of you. There are many books that have done that for me, but Rats Saw God burrowed into my heart and filled a space I didn’t know was empty.

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Ana Loves…

Oh no! It’s the second to last guest post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Today I’ve got the lovely Ana from Ana Loves… This past week I had fun doing the 7 Deadly Sins tag, so I got her to do it as well. After you see which book she feels ashamed to have read (you shouldn’t feel any shame for ANYTHING you read, Ana!!) and which book boyfriend she’s totally in love with, go say hi to her on Twitter or on her blog. 🙂

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1. Greed – What is your most inexpensive book?

I have to admit that I stared at my bookshelf for a long time trying to remember how much each book cost. I *think* that the cheapest book I have is The Secret Garden. I got it on Book Outlet a few months ago for around $4, I’m incredibly proud of that purchase 🙂

2. Wrath – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Hmmm, I really don’t hate on any authors- but I guess the author that constantly made me heartbroken is Rick Riordan. As a middle schooler his books made me soooo upset because not everyone lived happily ever after

3. Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Harry Potter and The Last Song

The HP books aren’t really ‘shamed’ books, but whenever I tell people how many times I’ve read the books they always look at me like I’m crazy (I’ve read the entire series around 10 times, sometimes I would read the entire series back to back.)

I get ‘shamed’ whenever I talk about The Last Song, which I’ve read three times. I love this book so much, it was the first YA contemporary book I’ve read, the first book I’ve read that involves cancer, and it was the first book that made me cry. Why do I get shamed? Apparently it’s not cool to like anything that has to do with Miley Cyrus, so since she’s the MC in the movie everyone I know hates it.

4. Sloth – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

The Night Circus; I started this book when I was about to go on a school trip to Boston. It has AMAZING reviews, so I was sure I’d like it, but when I was at Boston I didn’t have any time to read it and when I got home I was too lazy to continue. I eventually started reading other books, but never finished it.

5. Pride – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I don’t usually talk about books to sound intellectual- so I have no idea.

6. Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

Two words: DAEMON BLACK

He’s from the Lux series and he’s mine. If you look up the word perfect in the dictionary he will magically pop out of nowhere with a smirk offering you a cookie.

7. Envy – What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

I would die if someone got me the first five books of The Mortal Instruments series in hardback. I read them all through the library and pre-ordered COHF, so I need the others

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Endlessly Reading

It’s Summer Blogger Promo Tour Sunday again! Today I’ve got Andrew from Endlessly Reading here. He’s a self-professed fanboy who counts himself among several fandoms. He’s super fun, and he recently started his own BookTube channel! Check out his blog, follow him on Twitter, or watch some of his BookTube videos! Andrew is going to list some of his favorite things (cue Julie Andrews singing in the background).

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A little about me:
Hello, my name is Andrew and I’m a 15 yo Fanboy. I blog, BookTube and all those good bookish things. 5 words that could describe me would be awkward, teenager, writer, reader, and awesome(Lol, that’s what I think)!

Favorites:
Book – Divergent by Veronica Roth
Color – black
Food – Pizza!
Movie – Sixteen Candles
Band/Musician – London Grammar
Animal – Stallion
Bookish item you own – House Targaryen GOT t-shirt
Song – Currently: Stay With Me by Sam Smith
Place to read – everywhere
Beverage – iced-tea with lemon
Book quote

“Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage.
But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”
-Epilogue of Allegiant

Dessert – ICE CREAM (addicted..)
Book cover – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi / The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen / Ms. Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hogwarts house – Ravenclaw
Divergent faction – Dauntless/Candor
Subject in school – English
Number – 14
Literary villain – Voldemort
Literary hero – Katniss Everdeen
Opening line in a book

“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”
-The Fault In Our Stars
John Green

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Let us know what some of your favorites are in the comments! Also, don’t forget to go say hi to Andrew on his blog or on Twitter!

Summer Blogger Promo Tour – Dana Square

It’s Summer Blogger Promo Tour Sunday again! Today I’ve got Dana from Dana Square. Both of us really love movies, especially book to movie adaptations (well, the good ones at least). So today she’s going to be discussing her favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations! Make sure you go check her out on her blog and on Twitter. 🙂

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Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2: I love the Harry Potter Series and the movies that were made were perfect. There were many changes to the movies, but they captured the essence of the series. Never did anything they left out feel that missed and never did any additions ever feel wrong. I think that is when you know that the movies were amazing. The last two in particular were exceptional. These adaptations stayed true to the characters, the world, and the fans. I absolutely adore these movies and I don’t think I can watch them without crying, it is just not physically possible.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: This movie will always have a place in my heart. This book really impacted me and I think this movie was so great because the author had such a huge role in its production. The casting was perfect and the movie never tried to hide the dark themes of the novel. The music was excellent. I think this is a movie that will always be relevant and I hope there are more contemporary books brought to life as well done as this one.

Honorable Mentions:

Pride & Prejudice (2005) – Keira Knightly will always be Elizabeth Bennet in my head.

Jane Eyre (2011) – I love how they told the story out of sequence. Michael Fastbender as Edward Rochester, I just can’t deal.

Catching Fire – This movie was literally perfect. It was almost in my top two.

Here are a few that weren’t amazing, but I loved them anyway. Regardless of what anyone says about these adaptations, I enjoyed them and thought they were fun. There are some YA books that can’t be taken too seriously.

Vampire Academy – I think this was really a problem of marketing. This movie was funny and action packed. It wasn’t a serious book and definitely not the best of the series. I think for the most part the casting was good, but the script could have been a bit better.

The Mortal Instruments – I personally wasn’t a fan of some of the actors casted. I enjoyed the movie though. The music choices were good, but just didn’t fit in places. I think it would have done a lot better if they hadn’t completely changed the ending.

Twilight Movies – I admit I was a twihard. I was obsessed. The first movie was horrible, but they slowly redeemed themselves. Breaking Dawn Part 2 was really a great movie.

Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations:

Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief: It is funny that one Logan Lerman movie is a part of the favorites and one is in the least favorites. I was a huge fan of the cast for this movie, but the script was absolutely horrible. They changed things so much that I didn’t want them to make a sequel. The sequel was okay but they needed to stop changing the story. We liked it as it was.

Beautiful Creatures: I only read the first book, but this movie was very different than the book. The special effects were really cool and the casting was okay. It just didn’t make for that great of a movie.

 

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: The Book Bratz

Summer Blogger Tour

Today for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour, I’ve got our lovely hosts, Jessica and Amber of the Book Bratz, on the blog with a short little interview about books. Check it out below and then head on over to their blog and say hey. 🙂

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1. What is the book you credit as getting you into reading? Or if you can’t choose, which book have you reread the most?

Jessica: I started reading when I was very, very little–so it’s going to sound cliche when I say that the first book I ever fell in love with and read again and again (still to this day) was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Amber: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, I actually hated reading but my 6th grade reading teacher told me to try it. Ever since then I have loved reading.

2. Who is your favorite book boyfriend?

Jessica: My book boyfriend is a tie between Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars and James Stark from The House of Night series.

Amber: I can make a whole list. Ummmm… Daemon Black from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series or Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. If you could live in the world of any book, which would it be?

Jessica: I totally forgot what it was called because I’m horribly forgetful at times, but the city where Divergent took place.

Amber: I read a lot of dystopian so none of the worlds seem very pleasant. I guess I would choose The City of Glass from The Mortal Instruments  by Cassandra Clare

4. If you could pick one book character to be (for a day or for good), who’d you choose?

Jessica: This is a great question! For a day–Tris Prior. For good–Blair from the Gossip Girl series seems like a pretty nice life.

Amber: Katy Swartz from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

5. Favorite literary hero?

Jessica: Percy Jackson.

Amber: Katniss Everdeen

6. Favorite literary villain?

Jessica: Dorothy from Dorothy Must Die. That girl’s a riot.
Amber: I agree with Jess

7. Which character do you think is the most like you? Or which character can you relate to the most?

Jessica: I’m going to go with Hazel Grace from The Fault in the Stars, but not because of the cancer–her nature and her thoughts and likes and interests are exactly like my own.

Amber: From the books I have read there really isn’t just one. I have found something in each character that relates to me. Whether good or bad, the List is endless!

8. What’s the book you want to buy next?

Jessica: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’ve heard nothing but good things about that book.

Amber: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

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We’d love to see your answers to these questions below! And make sure you go say hi to Jessica and Amber on their blog or tweet them.

Summer Blogger Promo Tour – SJ Bouquet

This week for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour I’ve got the lovely SJ Bouquet on the blog. Her blog is super adorable and she’s a lot of fun. SJ recently tweeted this picture:

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I really liked that, so I asked SJ to tell me her top five favorite first lines from books. She’s picked some great lines and explained why she thinks opening lines are so important. Let’s see what she’s picked, shall we?

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1. “My father took one hundred and thirty two minutes to die. I counted.” Jellicoe Road

2. “I am a coward.” Code Name Verity

3. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” The Hobbit

4. “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.” The Princess Bride

5. “If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.” Series of Unfortunate Events

I absolutely love a first line that makes me stop in my tracks and go “Wait, what?” These lines caught me off guard when I first read them. They made me raise my eyebrows and want to keep reading. I think a good sign of a good book and is an opening line that is shocking or confusing. A line that makes me think, “What the heck are you talking about? Why would you say that?”

Admittedly, some great opening lines aren’t shocking or confusing. Like with The Hobbit. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Congratulations. What’s the big deal? I’ll tell you what the big deal is- It’s poetic. The opening line for one of the greatest adventure, action packed stories of all time, is such a simple statement about the main character. Once upon a time, there was a Hobbit who lived in a ground. After reading about Bilbo’s adventures, and going back to the first page, I can’t help but smile. This Hobbit was so simple, like the first sentence of his story. He was a Hobbit who lived in a hole. By the end of the book, he was so much more.

Ugh. I love opening lines 🙂 This was a great post idea! Thanks for having me ❤

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Thanks for the post, SJ! Make sure you go check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: The YA’s Nightstand

It’s Sunday again so that means another wonderful Summer Blogger Promo Tour post. This week I’ve got a post by Mily from The YA’s Nightstand. As you probably know, I’m pretty much obsessed with the UK, so I thought it’d be fun to have Mily discuss some of the differences between US and UK covers as the changes publishers sometimes make are quite weird/annoying/silly/ugly. So check out her post below for five books that have had cover changes as they crossed the pond. Then go check out her awesome blog or tweet her and tell her I said hi! 🙂

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Today I’m doing a post about US and UK book covers. I’ve picked 5 covers that have had a face lift when it crossed the pond and some may have been for the better but some… well you’ll just have to read on.

You’d be surprised just how many differences you find between the US and the UK considering we have very similar (almost identical) ways of life.

The obvious things like spelling – was colours just too many letters or something? Or the fact Americans say pants instead of trousers, which gets really confusing at times. More often than not I’ll be wondering why someone’s getting naked in a book because I’m thinking of nickers not pants. Now I’m not saying that either way is wrong, we all have our own ways. But the one thing I will never understand is why on earth do we have to change book covers?

 IT. MAKES. NO. SENSE.

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Paper Aeroplanes

by Dawn O’Porter

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US: Amulet Books / UK: Hot Key Books

 Okay I’m going to start you off slow with Dawn O’Porter’s Paper Aeroplanes. The difference in the covers isn’t actually that big, which kind of makes me think what’s the point? I personally prefer the UK edition because I really like the contrast between the pink and black. It’s completely different to anything I have on my book shelves and would really stand out. As for the US version, I don’t hate it, I just think that they’ve made unnecessary changes to an already great cover.

Also, anyone notice how on the US cover we have AIRPLANES and on the UK we have AEROPLANES? I didn’t until a moment ago and I think it actually bugs me. US authors don’t change COLORS into its correct (in my humble opinion) spelling of COLOURS so why did they change this?

Divergent

by Veronica Roth

divergent_hq     divergent

US: Katherine Tegen Books / UK: HarperCollins Children’s Books

 I think this was the first territory cover change that actually got to me. I didn’t really spare it much thought until they did this. I have the US cover of Divergent, the UK cover of Insurgent and the UK hardcover of Allegiant because I bought them all just as they came out. Sitting next to each other on my shelf they don’t even look like they belong together, which is just a little sad.

Divergent was one of those books that I bought purely for the cover. I didn’t even know what it was about but it was so pretty I had to buy it. It’s now one of my all-time favourites but the UK covers do leave little to be desired.

A Discovery of Witches

by Deborah Harkness

8667848     A Discovery of Witches

US: Viking Penguin / UK: Headline

YAY! A cover change that doesn’t make me wish I was American! I adore the UK cover of A Discovery of Witches almost as much as I love the book. Not that there’s anything wrong with the US cover but the UK one really conveys the magical elements within the book and also has the old worldly feel of Oxford.

Saying all that they’ve actually changed to covers in the UK now… but I still prefer them to the US. The US cover kinda feels like a sign for a mystic’s tent as a carnival.

Pushing the Limits

by Katie McGarry

image (1)     Pushing the Limits (front)

     US: Harlequin Teen / UK: Mira Ink

 I hope you’re ready for a rant because you’re about to get one. AND if by some random act of god the designer of the UK edition of The Pushing the Limits series happens to stumble across this I need to you go take a long hard look at the US cover and then come back and tell me you did a good job! I mean I’m a design student so I get that you have to do what the client wants but OMG the effect on this book is actually disgusting and I want it removed from all computer software NOW and the colour? Nope, no, I can’t do it.

I feel so strongly about this one that I’ve actually gone out and spent almost double than I would have on the UK cover just so I could have the US one instead. I have 2 out of the 4 so far, and as soon as I save up a little I’ll get the rest.

I’m sorry to take it out on you, I’m sure your other design work is a lot better but what were you thinking!! And who is god’s name approved that? I think I might need to write them a strongly worded letter – Sheldon Cooper style!

 Between the Lives

by Jessica Shirvington

OnePastMidnight-cover     21842237

US: Bloomsbury USA Childrens / UK: Orchard Books

Now talk about trying to confuse a girl! I actually love both covers of this book but why have they changed the name? There are several books coming out in the US & UK at the moment with different names even though they’re EXACTLY the same book! I’m not the only one this annoys am I? I understand with some countries that you need to change the name to attract the readers but American and British culture is so freaking similar it doesn’t even make sense.

I personally prefer the One Past Midnight cover but the UK title, Between The Lives. So how about this? Let’s combine our great nations and have ourselves a little book baby! That way we all win and I get a pretty book to add to my every growing collection!

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So that’s it! Those were just 5 of the MANY books to get a little cover surgery over the Atlantic Ocean. You might not agree with some of my thoughts but I can bet that there is at least one book you know of that has had its cover ‘improved’ that you’d rather use as a door stop than place on your book shelf.

Well, now that that’s done I’ll be off. If you need me you can find me in my little hobbit hole in the middle of the English countryside.

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Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Ink on the Shelf

Summer Blogger Tour

Hi guys! Today is the start of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by The Book Bratz! I am very excited to have Jen from Ink on the Shelf on the blog today. She’s really awesome (and super awkward as you’ll see below) and you should definitely go check her out her blog (and follow her on Twitter)! Awesome and awkward? Winning combination, in my opinion. The following post is one of Jen’s “Moments of Jen” posts which I absolutely love and it made me laugh out loud several times. Enjoy!

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Hi lovely people!

This is Jen here, from Ink on the Shelf and I am very excited to be guest posting on Stefani’s blog here today. Moments of Jen is a segment consisting of all the embarrassing things I do on a regular basis. Sometimes it will be about books, but mostly it’s about me acting like a Hufflepuff initiate.

There is something utterly ridiculous and uncoordinated about me which comes out in perfectly timed moments (a self-deprecating montage is flitting across my mind right now, feel free to send me any additional memories I may have repressed).  In moments like these, I can only cringe and hope that people find it endearing. I know they don’t though.

During the period in which I worked in an office, there was a giant shopping complex located a short walk away. My lunch breaks were spent rapidly spending the money I had just earnt like a small child who has just discovered that money can actually buy you all the things.(Note: I still haven’t really come out of this mindset, it is just I have no said money to spend presently 😉 ).

On one occasion, I was walking by one of the coffee shops when I saw a slice of cheesecake in the glass window (cue the chorus of hallelujahs). I decided this would be a great alternative for lunch, so bought it and started walking back to the office. The plan was to keep it in the fridge, and take it home in the afternoon.

Yes, I'm aware they don't have necks. It is an observation of mine that  people who attend the gym on a regular basis often have none.

Yes, I’m aware they don’t have necks. It is an observation of mine that people who attend the gym on a regular basis often have none.

I made it around the corner. Then decided I could not wait any longer. I needed to taste this cake. So naturally I found the nearest building and huddled under the patio, trying to subtly taste the culinary masterpiece in privacy.  It was only after a few minutes that I realised the building I was huddled near was in fact the major gym of the area.

The window I was looking into? The cardio exercise class.

The people inside the room staring back? Yes they could all see me. Eating cake. In front of them while they were exercising vigorously, sweating through their eyeballs.

I imagine they were either shaking their heads in disgust or swearing at me under their breath for bringing “cake-eating” impulses to the front of their minds again (yes, I have decided this is an actual thing. It explains a lot of violence).

I can see it now. In their minds, I was probably the girl who had tried summon up all the willpower I possessed in order to just drive to the gym. I had set a goal to be empowered, and sexy and fit. Only to be found eating cake at the door a few minutes later.

The cake was damn good though. It will forever own my soul.

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