Discussion: Writing in Books?

 

I used to be so adamant about always keeping my books in prime condition. I wanted them to always look shiny and new and I’d always pride myself when the spines of my books were never cracked, the cover never bent, the pages never folded. Over the past year, I’ve been asking myself, why? It’s so hollow, I think. Now, if I see one of my books that’s in perfect condition, often, it’s a book I didn’t enjoy. Of course, that doesn’t mean I go out of my way to destroy them, but I’ve stopped caring about keeping the book barely cracked open so as not to damage the spine. It shows that it’s been read.

Naturally, whether a book is “damaged” or not, isn’t really that big of a deal, but what I’m here to discuss is writing in them. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve written in a book when it wasn’t for school. And when I did, it was usually the faintest line drawn in pencil under a sentence that I liked. It started, when I borrowed a book from my friend and found pages she’d highlighted and underlined. It was so interesting to see parts that she’d enjoyed.

Then, months later, I was rereading I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (this was my third to reading it) and I found it so empty. This is one of my favorite books of all time and yet there was nothing in the physical copy that showed that. I remember reading it and feeling this urge to grab a pencil and add my thoughts. I was a bit nervous at first, tracing barely the smallest line under a sentence I liked in pencil, but as the book went on, I grew bolder. I started adding exclamation marks, comments, boxing passages that I enjoyed. And you know what? I loved it. It made the book and what it meant to me become much more vivid and now when I look at it, I can tell which parts were my favorites, what characters did that irritated me or that I loved. And if I pass it on to someone else, they can get that insight as well. I haven’t been able to do that recently since the last two book I read have been my sister’s, but the next book I read that’s mine, I’m going to annotate all over it if I want to. Maybe I’ll write in pen or highlighter. I’ll add comments and annotate as I go along. Who knows?

What do you think? Do you like to write all over the pages of a book or do you prefer it to be in perfect condition?

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Authors I’d Love to Meet!

Even though I read a lot, I haven’t been to very many book signings, mainly because I’m always in the wrong place for book signings. There are so many authors I’d love to meet, and it was so hard to narrow it down to five.

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5. V.E. Schwab: I just love her books and her writing styles. I’d love to meet her and tell her how much her books have impacted me.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 4.26.42 PM4. Jojo Moyes: Y’all know how much I love Me Before You and if I ever had the chance to meet Jojo Moyes, I’d never pass on that. Me Before You was just so incredible and I’d love to see her and have her sign my copy and for me to be able to tell her how much her book resonated with me.

 

cassandra-clare3. Cassandra Clare: I’ve read so many of her books and loved all of them. My favorites are, of course, The Infernal Devices. I’d just love to meet her and fangirl about Will and Tessa.

 

 

JK Rowling2. J.K. Rowling: This one doesn’t really need any explaining. She’s some sort of childhood hero in my mind and meeting her would be a dream come true. Her books formed the basis of my love for reading and I’d just love to talk to her.

 

114661.Markus Zusak: Again, not surprising. His books have completely changed my life. I can’t even put to words how much I loved The Book Thief and I am the Messenger. I’d just love the chance to meet him and tell him how amazing I thought his books were and how much I love his writing style.

That was it for today’s post, just a few of the authors I’d love to meet.

Most Anticipated Releases of 2017

2017 is an amazing year for book releases and I’m super excited for the books coming out this year. Here are the top 10 books I’m looking forward to in 2017 in the order they are released in:

25613472A List of Cages by Robin Roe: I’m super excited for this book and it comes out very soon: January 10. I don’t want to go into a full synopsis but it’s about this boy called Adam who helps the school psychologist. One day she asks Adam to track down a troubled freshman. Adam finds out that the boy is Julian, the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

This sounds super interesting and family based, which I’m really looking forward to. Click here for the link on Goodreads.

29995905City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson. Comes out January 24. I mentioned this book in a previous post, but I’m really excited for this release especially since it’s set in Kenya. Click here for the link on Goodreads.

 

19186075-_sy540_A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Comes out February 21. This is the third and final book of the Shades of Magic trilogy. I’m currently read A Gathering of Shadows, the third book, and I’m really enjoying it so far and can’t wait to read the final book. Click here for the Goodreads link.

 

 

32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Comes out February 28. I’m super excited for this book. It’s about the Black Lives Matter movement and a super important read. Here is the Goodreads link.

 

 

30312860Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: Comes out May 2. This is the third book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and I’m so excited about this one. I honestly was not expecting there to be a third book, but here it is. Here is the Goodreads link.

 

 

31145148The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: Comes out May 16. I am so unbelievably excited for this book. Essentially, it’s about a love triangle where the two boys fall in love with each other instead of the girl. That in itself is something I’ve been looking for for a while and I’m so happy there’s finally a book about this. May can’t come fast enough. Here is the Goodreads link.

 

28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: Comes out May 30. This book is about a modern arranged marriage, and Indian main characters. I’m looking forward to how this story plays out. Here is the link.

 

 

followmebackFollow Me Back by A.V. Geiger: Comes out June 1. The synopsis sounded super interesting and I can’t wait for this book to come out. Here is the link.

 

 

ourdarkduetOur Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab: Comes out June 13. This is the second and final book in the Monsters of Verity series. I read This Savage Song  a while back ago and loved it, so I’m really excited for the sequel. Here is the link.

 

 

how2bit2bhappened2bfinal2bcoverThis is How it Happened by Paula Stokes: Comes out July 11. This is another internet story type thriller and I’m very interested to read it. Here is the link.

 

 

 

These were my most anticipated releases of 2o17! Hope you enjoyed and comment what your most anticipated reads are.

My Dream Loot Crate

First off, more than two posts a week? Who am I?  Anyway, the lovely team at Loot Crate, a monthly geekish subscription box, is looking for people to talk about what they would do if they could put together their own dream crate. When I was asked if I’d be interested in creating something I immediately said yes.

My dream box would be a diversity crate.

I think it is really necessary in today’s society to include minorities and explore diversity in the media. So, in my dream crate, I would include books, movies, and merch that is focused on supporting diversity. For instance, every month would be a different genre such as action, thriller, romantic comedy, or anything like that. However, instead of including mainstream titles in the box, the box would include new releases of the month that are diverse, whether it be in race, gender, or sexualities. The point is just to spread diversity and recognition.

For example, the January box could contain books that are going to be released in the month of January, following the theme, and include some merch relating to the product. 29995905For instance, if the theme were murder mystery/thriller, a great example would be the book City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson, which follows the story of a girl who fled the Congo with her mother and came to Kenya seeking refuge. It’s said to be very fast paced and thrilling. It features a strong female character who also happens to be African and it is set in Africa, something we don’t see very often. Fitting the theme, the book comes out January 24, so it is a new release. Along with that, the box could contain items that fit the theme, in this example the theme is murder mystery/thriller such as a notebook pertaining to mystery, or a t-shirt of another diverse tv-show or movie. All of this would help raise awareness and bring more people to the need for diversity in the media and books.

Again, a huge thank you to the team at Loot Crate for giving me this opportunity to talk about my dream crate. Thanks for reading!

Favorite Books of 2016!

I read 50 books this year and there were very many that I absolutely love, so here are my top 10 books of 2016:

11-22-63-9781501120602_hr11/22/63 by Stephen King

 

 

 

 

220px-me_before_youMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

 

 

 

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon

 

 

 

 

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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

 

 

 

 

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

 

 

 

1984-book-cover1984 by George Orwell

 

 

 

 

412xh9uvpbl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 

24807186Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

 

 

 

 

gone_girl_flynn_novelGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

 

 

 

clockworkprincesscoverspecial2-265x400Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading, it was really nice going back and finding my favorite books and being flooded by the feelings I had while reading these books. Comment some of your favorite books of the past year!

Random Book Talk

I don’t really know what I’m writing, to be honest. I haven’t posted in ages, and I really didn’t want to miss another Thursday so I decided to another daily prompt. Of course, this didn’t really help either, I now just have one word I’m supposed to make a blog post about and I don’t know what to say. I wanted to write something about fiction, but couldn’t muster up anything. So, I’m going to just write about whatever comes to mind. This might be a bit all over the place and maybe a bit boring, the very opposite of the definition of percolating, but oh well.

So, I’m in the biggest reading slump, but I think I’m finally starting to come out of it. I don’t want to talk about it too much, in case I jinx it but I’m currently making progress in 11/22/63 and listening to the audiobook of One Day by David Nicholls. I think I’m going to talk about the Stephen King novel first. Without freaking out too much, I just want to mention how amazing and phenomenal this books is. It really messes with your mind and gets you thinking (I probably said that in my wrap up, sorry not sorry) and there are so many turns that I never saw coming. Granted, I’m really terrible at predicting the endings of books. Something really important could be staring me in the face and I could just ignore it’s importance or just assume it’s no big deal. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this book has really blown me away.

One Day is also an amazing book, and I’m enjoying it very much. I’m torn between wishing there was more than just one day a year and thinking that this format is unique and really adds to the story. I don’t know. I like this idea, because somehow it works and we get all the information we need, but I also really want to see more of Emma and Dexter’s lives, rather than just once a year. Other than that, I’m really loving this book and can’t wait to see how it plays out.

That’s it for today, I’m feeling a lot better after getting something written. I also took a really nice picture the other day (I posted it on my tumblr, follow me! It’s @miathebookthief). Here it is, to end the post:

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Thank you all for reading! Until next time!

via Daily Prompt: Percolate

Blog Tour: Wicked Truths by Michelle Areaux

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The first book is called Wicked Cries. Here’s a synopsis of what it is about:

For 16-year-old Sadie Sanders, dealing with the dead is growing tiresome, especially when they expect her to play messenger to the afterlife. Her constant struggle to mend teenage broken relationships and translate last wishes seemed to be her biggest problem.
Up until recently, Sadie had been able to juggle her double life without anyone detecting she was not only an average high school student, but a messenger to the dead as well. Even after a close call at the local teen night club, Sadie was able to keep her secret hidden. But when her father decided to move her family clear across the country from sunny Los Angeles, California to gloomy Salem, Massachusetts, Sadie wondered if the move would be the fresh new start she needed to leave her old, wicked life behind and become a normal high school girl.
Only Sadie was wrong, dead wrong. Once in Salem, Sadie finds a hidden journal from Elizabeth, a once persecuted witch who documented the last few days of her terrifying life. Desperately wanting to push the journal aside and begin her new life, Sadie finds herself haunted by Elizabeth, but this time is different.
Elizabeth desperately needs Sadie’s help to clear her name, but one man attempts to destroy Sadie’s journey to uncovering Elizabeth’s truth.
Sadie’s only goal, to make it through high school without another deadly adventure.
She may be in for a rude awaking her senior year.

I don’t know about you, but this book sounds so intriguing. I love that not only do we have a protagonist who talks to the dead, but is set in Salem, Massachusetts. I love researching the Salem Witch trials and what happened there and what went through the heads of the girls who were persecuted. I especially like the idea that Sadie is reading the diary of Elizabeth, who really was a “witch” persecuted during the Salem Witch Trials.

You can purchase the first book for $15 as a paperback at Barne’s and Noble here (the sequels, Wicked Lies and Wicked Truths are also available).

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The books can also be purchased on Amazon here 

The third book in the series, Wicked Truths came out September 25.

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Death seems to follow seventeen year old Sadie Sanders everywhere she goes–literally. As a mediator to the dead, she must constantly face fighting demons and the occasional angry dead girl.

After a dangerous and almost deadly first year in Salem, Sadie’s parents decided to send her away for the summer to visit her Aunt Morgan in the small town of Nicholasville, Kentucky. After uncovering a murder hidden for centuries, she embarked on a deadly mission to solve the crime while trying to enjoy her summer vacation.

Now back in Salem, Sadie has found another hidden secret in the wicked town. Secret underground tunnels are hidden under the streets of Salem, beckoning to those with wicked souls. When Sadie encounters a ghost named Laura roaming the streets of Salem, she and her friends Noah and Lucy must uncover the clues leading to Laura’s death, which is made even more complicated by the fact that Laura has no memory about her life or death. To make matters worse, Sadie must also track down the person who has been sending her threatening messages in an effort to stop her mission for justice.

In Wicked Truths, the third instalment of the Wicked Cries series, Sadie learns that some secrets are meant to stay dead, for the truth, once it has been uncovered, may be wickeder than she could have ever imagined.

You can check the author, Michelle Areaux, out on her Facebook page

Here is an excerpt from the third volume of the series:

Chapter 1

I knew the moment he walked through the door, he wouldn’t leave unless I gave him my soul. His ice cold, blue eyes watched me intently, as he took note of our surroundings. His smug grin showed he had me right where he wanted me. He clenched his hands at his sides, proving himself a natural predator who found his prey. For a brief moment, my natural instincts to react took hold of me. Should I freeze and pray he didn’t spot me? Should I run and hope to get away before he could catch me? Or should I stay and fight, proving to him and myself that I was much stronger than he?

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Michelle Areaux is the author of the Wicked Cries series. Her love for literature began at an early age and flourished over the years into a passion. Currently, she resides in Nicholasville, KY with her husband Anthony, and sons Connor and Cooper.

I hope you enjoyed this different kind of post! Be sure to check this series out. All books are out now!