Blogging Hiatus Announcement

Hey, friends. Do you ever reach a point where blogging just becomes so hard that you need a break? This will be my third hiatus since I started book blogging. I’m not always good at making myself take a break, but I think I’m getting better. I stressed a lot leading up to this hiatus because I wanted to get so much done, so when I return, I’m not completely swamped. Despite that extra bit of stress, I think I’m looking forward to this hiatus more than the others. I’ve been itching to step away from the blog, not because I don’t enjoy it, but because sometimes it can feel like blogging is taking over a huge chunk of my life and I kind of feel like I need to reclaim my time. I’ll be off the blog starting tomorrow November 15th through December 2nd. I’ll be back that Sunday, hopefully renewed and ready to tackle all the blogging. I will still be on Twitter during my hiatus and may even surprise you by commenting on your blogs, but I won’t be going on my own blog or responding to comments.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Releases I’m Dying To Get My Hands On

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read.” As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I’m actually tackling a different topic this week and that’s because I’m going on a blogging hiatus starting tomorrow. I won’t be back unto December 3rd which means I’m going to miss November 28th topic, “Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.” This is a list that I was really looking forward to putting together, so I thought I’d share it this week instead. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – Publication Date: December 26, 2017

2. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – Publication Date: January 16, 2018

3. Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra – Publication Date: January 23, 2018

4. American Panda by Gloria Chao – Publication Date: February 6, 2018

5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Publication Date: February 20, 2018

6. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – Publication Date: February 20, 2018

7. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman – Publication Date: February 27, 2018

8. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston – Publication Date: February 27, 2018

9. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Publication Date: March 6, 2018

10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Are any of these books on your TBR as well? Do you think it’s too early to preorder these books? Which winter release are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

 

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Title: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
Author: Lily Anderson
Series: N/A
Pages: 352
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 17th 2016

      “Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West–and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing–down to number four.
      Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books–well, maybe not comic books–but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.
      The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on–and they might not pick the same side.

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“The very idea that Ben West and I had ever been anything other than bitter rivals was the most horrifying aspersion ever cast upon my character. Even worse than West himself accusing me of being a ‘fake geek girl’ back in sixth grade. “

Lily Anderson’s The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is the modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing that you didn’t know you needed. Trixie Watson and Ben West have been mortal enemies since grade school. To say that they hate each other’s guts would be an understatement. At Messina Academy for the Gifted, students are pushed to their academic limits. Trixie is determined to end her senior year by beating Ben in the rankings. Their verbal battles are notorious at school. Desperate for peace, their friends secretly hatch a plan to get the two to reconcile. When Trixie and Ben’s tenuous new friendship begins to evolve into something more, Trixe’s best friend is accused of manipulating the senior class rankings. Now Trixie will do anything to prove her friend’s innocence, but it may cost her her new found friendship with Ben.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a smart and funny contemporary. Trixie’s personality jumps right off the pages with her cheeky insults and nerdy allusions. I love how unapologetically geeky Trixie is and enjoyed reading about an entire group of nerdy teen friends. Trixie isn’t always a likable character. She remarks that Ben’s insults always go just a little too far, but Trixie is just as guilty of taking low blows. She’s sometimes more interested in taking a jab at Ben than recognizing her insults can be really harmful. I really admired Trixie’s unwavering loyalty to her best friend Harper. She sets aside her own interests and regardless of the consequences did everything she could to clear her friend of any wrongdoing. Despite her flaws or maybe because of them, I came to really love Trixie as a character. She makes mistakes, but more importantly she learns from them and grows.

The novel is told in first person which limits readers’ insight into certain characters. While I enjoyed the verbal sparring between Trixie and Ben, I was so happy when they were able to spend some time together without feeling the need to bite each other’s heads off. More alike than either of them would dare admit, Trixie and Ben get along surprisingly well. Bonding over comics, sci-fi shows, and graphic novels, the two learn to appreciate each other’s positive qualities. With that being said, I would have liked to have seen these two characters open up more with one another. Ben has some family issues that came up that I wanted more insight into and their relationship would have been a good access point.

With witty banter and steadfast friendship at its center, Lily Anderson’s The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a delightful retelling that had me invested in the main relationship from start to finish. I cannot wait for more novels by this gifted writer.

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★★★★

FLYTIP: Font Fervor

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF in which she generously shares free blog graphics and advice as well as taking part in related discussions. Every other Saturday, there is a different prompt that participants can take part in, so be sure to check out her site for more info. Lonna is also running a giveaway for those who participate through the end of December. This week’s topic is: FLYTIP: Font Fervor || How do you enhance your blog through fonts? Where would you recommend looking for fonts?

I confess that I suggested this topic because I’m actually really curious to see what kind of resources other bloggers use when it comes to fonts. I’m in no way graphically inclined. When I first started this blog, my graphics were extremely rudimentary. The only reason my blog looks the way it does is thanks to canva. I try to stay consistent with the fonts I use for blog graphics. Below is a look at the most common ones I use.

I use Libre Baskerville for my blog header title because although I do like pretty cursive-like fonts, I find this one to be very clean and clear for my purposes. I also use this one to title many of my post graphics including monthly wrap-up and book haul posts.


There is something very simple yet concise about Playfair Small Caps. I think I like this font a lot because I tend to write in all caps in my blogging planner. I use this in various blog graphics (including the graphics for this post) because it’s a compact font that allows me to include longer descriptions or titles.


This is my favorite of the fonts of most commonly used. Princess Sofia can be found in my header and in my sidebar. I find it to be really elegant and just plain pretty. I have zero experience with calligraphy (unlike Lonna, you’re amazing!), but if I did, I’d want to be able to write like this.

Do you have a favorite font? What kind of resources do you use for fonts on your blog? Let’s discuss in the comment and leave a link to your own FLYTIP post in the comments if you participated this week.

The Friday 56: Hunting Prince Dracula

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“I glanced around at the newly cleaned washroom. Liquid flames reflected off each dark surface, reminding me of spilled blood catching the moonlight. Like the bodily fluids leaking from Jack the Ripper’s double-event victims. I swallowed the image away.

I really enjoyed Kerri Maniscalco’s sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. Hunting Prince Dracula has such an eerie feel that I was immediately transported to Bran Castle. I also really enjoyed where the author took her characters’ arcs. You can read my mini-review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
      Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
      But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Leaders I’d Follow Into Any Mischief

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)” I thought I’d have a little fun and for this week’s TTT, I’m listing characters I’d follow into any kind of mischief. These are characters who are natural leaders and despite the fact that their plans might fall apart completely, I’d still follow for the fun of it. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han – I have such a soft spot for this girl. She kind of reminds me of myself as a teen and despite all her flaws, I’d follow her anywhere.

2. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – You know those characters who you’d love to be friends with in real life? Simon is one of those.

3. Harry Potter from HP by J.K. Rowling – I’d like to think I’d be the voice of reason among Harry and his friends, but in all honesty, I’d probably partake in a few bad choices along with them.

4. Kami from The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan – Love Kami and her crew. They are always up to something and I also want to be up to that something with them.

5. Sage from The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen – I still need to finish this series, but Sage is so delightfully clever I’d follow after him in a heartbeat.

6. Astrid from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – If I was evil (and not in the I’m going to contemplate ways to dismember you, but in the actual physical removal of your limbs kind of way), I’d follow Astrid into some very nefarious scheming.

7. Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Probably not my best idea, but do you know how much I’d love to be a part of Kaz’s team?

8. Kamala from Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – What if you also discovered you had superpowers along with Kamala? What if you learned how to control them and balance superhero life alongside her? Where do I sign up?!

9. Zacharias from Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – Humble leaders are hard to come by, which makes Zacharias one of the best.

10. Desi from I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – Desi has already proven herself to be incredibly driven. So what if her ideas about love aren’t the most thought out? I’d still go along for the laughs.

Would you follow any of these characters? Which fictional leader would you follow into mischief? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.