Bookish Happenings in August 2018

Here are bookish happenings for the month of August! I’l share with you exciting bookish events such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and others. I can’t get everything, but hopefully you enjoy the information I have provided. ūüôā

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience.¬†ūüôā

Movie Releases

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August 3 – Christopher Robin
August 3 – The Darkest Minds
August 15 – Crazy Rich Asians
August 17 – The Wife
August 17 – The Little Mermaid
August 24 – The Bookshop
August 31 – The Little Stranger

Book Releases

August 7

Catwoman: Soul Stealer by Sarah J. Maas (Book 3 in the D.C. Icons series) (preorder swag details here)
Dance of Thieves
by Mary Pearson (preorder swag details here)
Let Me List the Ways by Sarah White
#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil (preorder swag details here)
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Temper by Nicky Drayden (preorder swag details here)

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August 8

The Sandman Universe by Neil Gaiman

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August 14

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition by Rick Riordan
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan (preorder swag details here)

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August 17

The Charm of You by Jennifer Probst

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August 21

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin (preorder swag details here)

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August 28

City of Ghosts by Victora Schwab (preorder swag details here)
Mirage
 by Somaiya Daud (preorder swag details here)
Resistance by Jennier Nielsen
Ruin of Stars by Linsey MIller (Book 2 in the Mask of Shadows series) (preorder swag details here)
Seafire by Natalie Parker

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Events

August 3 – Toronto Urban Book Expo (Toronto, Canada)
August 3-4 РRocky Mountain Book and Paper Festival (Denver, CO)
August 3-5 – National Book Club Conference (Atlanta, GA)
August 9 – Book Lover’s Day
August 10-11 – Once Upon a Book (Frankenmuth, MI)
August 17-19 – Writivism Festival (Kampala, Uganda)
August 18 – Apostrophe Day
August 18 – Bad Poetry Day
August 18 – Mississippi Book Festival (Jackson, MS)
August 19 – Hugo Awards Presented (San Jose, CA)
August 22-26 – Beijing International Book Fair (Beijing, China)
August 24-26 – Bubonicon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (Albuquerque, NM)
August 25 – Seattle Urban Book Expo (Seattle, WA)
August 30 – Frankenstein Day
August 31-September 2 – Decatur Book Festival (Decatur, GA)

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to?

‚̧¬†Annette

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday

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I got this idea from Wishful Endings who hosts a weekly link-up for books for which people are waiting. So here is a book that I can’t wait for!

Wildcard by Marie Lu

While I don’t think I loved¬†Warcross as much as others did, I still enjoyed it enough that I have to find out what happens next!¬†Wildcard is the next book in the series, and it’s expected to come out on September 18. I’m not reading much about the sequel so I don’t go in with weird expectations.

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What books are you looking forward to reading?

‚̧ԳŹ¬†Annette

1 year ago: Can’t-Wait Wednesday

Top Ten Novellas/Short Stories

I don’t usually read a novella unless it’s a book between main stories of a novel. (i.e. It’s book 1.5 of the series). Regardless, novellas and short stories are the focus of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. So here are my top ten. ūüôā

I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember all of these. They made it on my list by having a four or more star rating on Goodreads. So at the very least, I liked them when I read them! At the very least, this is a great way to find a new author, since I usually only pick up novellas/short stories by authors I already love. Clicking on the images will take you to Amazon via an affiliate link.

Linking up to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday.

Stand Alones


Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram

A cute high-school romance novella. You can read my full review of this one here.


Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

This is technically a children’s graphic novel, but its narrative definitely fits in the “short story” category.

 

Christmas


Married to Santa by Beverly Farr

I love Beverly Farr’s novels/novellas – they’re cute and clean. Plus, I love anything Christmas, so this one definitely meets the criteria.


The Shoebox by Francine Rivers

A super cute religious Christmas story.

 

 

In-Between Series


Reverence by Shelly Crane (Book 3.5 of Significance)

Story from the male romantic interest’s point of view. (Heads up that while I love this series, the author is not a very good writer, as far as grammar and such goes. You can read more about what I think of her writing on my review of another book of hers here.)


The Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castelluci (Book .5 of Tin Star)

This is a story about Heckleck, an intriguing alien who we meet in Tin Star.


Winter’s Passage (Book 1.5 of Iron Fey)

Basically what happens between book one and book two of the series. Not necessary, but nice to read. This is one of my favorite series of all time. (By the same author who wrote the Talon series.)


Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer (Book .5 of Elementals)

A precursor to the Elemental series.


Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery (Book 2.5 of Fools Gold)

A short romance novella that takes place in Fools Gold. Heads up that this one is very insta-lovey.


Joyfully His by Jamie Beck (Book 3.5 of Sterling Canyon)

I love this series, so it was fun to read a cute novella about one of the side characters we meet in the stories.

 

What are your favorite short stories/novellas? Let me know in the comments!

‚̧ Annette

Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Rating:¬†‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź
Book 1 of the Parasol Protectorate series

Summary

Alexia Tarabotti is soulless, which means (among other things) that when she is touching vampires and werewolves, they turn mortal. On top of being soulless, she is also a spinster (at 26) and now she’s suspected of being involved in the disappearance of different supernaturals. Together with friends such as Ivy Hisselpenny (who wears crazy hats), Lord Maccon (a handsome werewolf), and Lord Akeldama (flamboyantly gay vampire), hopefully she can get to the bottom of it.

What I Liked

  • I love this world! It takes place in Victorian steampunk England – with vampires and werewolves. The society is fascinating but also logical. There are governmental branches for the supernatural (vampire, werewolf, and ghost) and well as the preternatural (soulless, what the main character is). Vampires have pushed themselves into high society – where fashion and the arts reign. They function as hives – a queen and many drones. Werewolves have an Alpha, a Beta, a Gamma, etc. but are structured in a much brasher way.
  • I love the characters. Recently I’ve really appreciated authentic characters. I’ve read too many books where the author claims something of a character, but never shows us that side of the character. Gail Carriger does¬†not do that. Her characters are unique and unpredictable – but their actions always match their personality.
  • I love the visual images provided. Her stories are so visual without being overly descriptive. This would be a great book to make into a movie.
  • It was a romance novel. I didn’t expect this to be a romance novel, and it falls pretty solidly under fantasy otherwise. But it also had the pretty standard romance plot, which I found I enjoyed.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The pacing was a little bit off. The action came in spurts. I’ll forgive it though, since the next books are better (!) and the world is so fantastic.
  • (Spoiler in white, highlight to read.) The ending got really grizzly. It reminded me a lot of Angelfall and its ending as well.

In Conclusion

If you like the idea of a Victorian steampunk fantasy with vampires and werewolves, this is the book for you!

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

1 year ago: Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

14 of My Favorite Bookstagrammers

I sort of fail at keeping up with my Instagram, but that doesn’t stop me from following and liking photos posted by others! Below is a list of my favorite Bookstagrammers.

What is a bookstagram you ask? It’s an Instagram devoted to beautiful pictures of books. Eye candy for us bookworms. ūüôā

Click on the link to be directed to their Instagram.

bookishly.tiff

bookswithdorothy

thefearlessreader

firstbooklove

from.thornfield.hall

intothepagesofficial

ofbooksandstarlight

paperbackbones

perpetualpages

readthewriteact

read.write.coffee

rearwindowreads

rissi006

scribnerbooks

Sorry it’s just links and not pictures – I don’t feel comfortable using their pictures without permission, and I’m too lazy to ask. ūüėõ

You can find my bookstagram here, although I rarely update it. If you’ve got a bookstagram feel free to share the URL/link in the comments! I’d love to check them all out!

ūüíó¬†Annette

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1 Year Ago: Six Great BookTubers!

DIY Ribbon Bookmarks

This is one I’ve wanted to do for a long time! It’s a great way to use earrings that you only have one of. Plus, it’s super quick and they turn out really pretty!

Materials:

Ribbon
Jump Rings
Needlenose pliers
Scissors
Charms (I used earrings that I only had one of)
Clasp Closures
Liquid Stitch (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Match a charm to a ribbon. I held my chosen charm up to each ribbon until I found a pair that looked good together.
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  2. Measure and cut the ribbon to the desired length. I made mine about an inch longer on either side of a book – I just used whichever book was closest. The great thing about these is that its easy to make many at once – so you can make a bunch in different lengths if you want.
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  3. Choose the clamp closure size that best matches your ribbon. My clamp closures came in a pack of three different sizes, which was great. Use the needle-nose pliers to close the clamp closure around one end of the ribbon (preferably whichever end is less neat).
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  4. Use a jump ring to attach the charm of your choice to the clasp closure.
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  5. If desired, use a fray protector to finish the other end. I left mine as-is.
  6. Ta-da! Now go read a book and use your ribbon bookmark to mark your place!

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‚̧ Annette

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Ten Red, White, or Blue Books

Time for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books that are red, white, or blue, in honor of USA’s Independence Day tomorrow. I will be linking this post to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday.

Clicking on a picture will take you to Amazon through an affiliate link.

Red


Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
This young adult fantasy with a beautiful red cover is on my TBR.

Dream Team by Jack MacCallum
I don’t read a lot of sports books, so it’ll be nice to pick this one up someday.


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
An intriguing-sounding romantic suspense novel.

My Pet Book by Bob Staake
I discovered this book today and it looks adorable!

White


White Tiger by Tamora Pierce
I haven’t read this, but it is by Tamora Pierce, so it’s got to be pretty good!

Moon White by Melody Carlson
I read this one a long time ago so I don’t remember it much. But it fits the requirements of a book with a white cover!

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Not sure why this is on my TBR, but it is!

Blue


The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florland
It has the word “chocolate” in the title. That’s really all I need to know. ūüėõ

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Another book from my TBR. (I think the cover is soooo pretty.)


A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
I think I picked this one up at a library bookstore? Another book from my TBR.

What are your favorite red, white, or blue books? What plans do you have to celebrate the Fourth?

‚̧ Annette

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New on the Stack June 2018

Happy July! Here are the books I picked up last month:

Next to each book I give a short explanation why I chose to pick up that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)

Borrowed eBook Through cloudLibrary

Fast Food Genocide by Joel Fuhrman

Bonus points towards the¬†A Cooking Summer challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


Naked in Death by J. D. Robb

Bonus points towards the Corban’s J.D. Robb Challenge!!!¬†in the library’s summer reading program.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink

Bonus points towards a challenge in the library’s summer reading program. (I don’t remember which one though…)

Borrowed Physical Book from Library


Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Bonus points towards the¬†Zombie¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Bonus points towards the¬†YA Mixed Tape¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


Si Un Brontosaurio by Katherine Mead

Bonus points towards the¬†Dinosaur challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko

Bonus points towards the¬†Chairman Chucri’s Arizona Rocks challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


Well, That Was Awkward  by Rachel Vail

Bonus points towards the¬†YA Mixed Tape challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Beating the Lunch Box Bluesby J. M. Hirsch

Bonus points towards the¬†A Cooking Summer challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Bonus points towards the¬†Dance to the Music challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

The Fresh 20 by Melissa Lanz

Bonus points towards a challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


The Native American Flute by John Vames

I don’t remember why, but I’m excited to read it!


The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly

It was recommended in my church bulletin


Fiona the Flute Fairy by Daisy Meadows

It is about flutes? And a fairy? Good enough for me ūüôā

Fitness Swimming by Emmett Hines

Bonus points towards the¬†Do You Even Lift?¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow by Gail Golio and Javaka Steptoe

Bonus points towards the¬†Let’s Read About Musicians¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Mary Todd Lincoln by Kathleen Krull

This book caught my eye while I was wandering through the library. The series it is a part of is called “Women Who Broke the Rules”, which sounds awesome.


Playing the Spoons and Other Curious Instruments by Liz Miles

Bonus points towards the¬†Learn to Play Music challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Should I Play the Flute? by Nicola Barber

Bonus points towards the¬†Chairman Chucri’s Libraries Rock¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Braun

This series caught my eye when I was an elementary schooler wandering through the library. It was in the adult section though, so I knew I’d have to read it when I was an adult. I saw it while walking through the library recently and had to pick it up!

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stretching by Barbara Templeton

Bonus points towards the Do You Even Lift?¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester

Bonus points towards a challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

The Voice that Challenged a Nation by Russell Freedman

Bonus points towards the¬†Hot Tune challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Bonus points towards the¬†Apples and Apples¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hill

Bonus points towards the¬†Family Literacy Fun¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.


Minecraft by Daniel Goldberg

Bonus points towards a challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

Next in the series.


Reclaim Your Brain by Joseph Annibali

Bonus points towards the¬†Mediation challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss

Bonus points towards the¬†Apples and Apples¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

The Flute by Frank Cappelli

Bonus points towards the¬†Chairman Chucri’s Libraries Rock¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Tiny and Full by Jorge Cruise

Caught my eye on the library’s website


Trolls Drop the Beat by David Lewman

Bonus points towards the¬†Chairman Chucri’s Libraries Rock¬†challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman

This is written by the same guy who wrote¬†Fast Food Genocide. I’ve also heard great things about it from others, so it was time for me to pick it up as well.


We are Okay by Nina LaCour

Bonus points towards the¬†Award Winning Teen Reads challenge in the library’s summer reading program.

What books did you pick up this month?

‚̧¬†Annette

June NOS

Month in Review – June 2018

My reading list might not look so impressive for this month but I’ve been having a ton of fun reading random books that aren’t typical reads for me. Here’s a summary of my bookish activity for this month.¬†I will be linking up to¬†bookdate.blogspot.com.

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Total Books Read: 11

Books Read

(The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson
Si Un Brontosaurio by Katherine Mead
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
Descubre Rocas y Minerales
Playing the Spoons: And Other Curious Instruments by Liz Miles
Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
10 Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss
Trolls Drop the Beat by David Lewman
Apples by Gail Gibbons
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow by Gail Golio and Javaka Steptoe
Should I Play the Flute? by Nicola Barber

Book Formats

Hardcover ‚Äď 9
Paperback – 2

Book Genres

Graphic Novel – 1
Non-fiction – 6
Middle Grade – 1
Picture – 9

New to Me Authors

Nicola Barber
Misty Copeland
Gail Gibbons
Gail Golio
Tad Hills
David Lewman
Katherine Mead
Liz Miles

Top Book for June

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

I hope you had a great reading month! And that you’re staying cool with all this heat!

 

‚̧¬†Annette

Bookish Happenings in July 2018

It’s quite a bit late this month (sorry!) but here are the “bookish happenings” for July 2018. Here I share with you awesome bookish events¬†such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and other events. Obviously I‚Äôm not going to be able to cover everything, but if your reading palate is similar to mine, then hopefully you‚Äôll find this information useful.

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience.¬†ūüôā

Movie Releases

(images from imdb.com)

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July 6 – Ant Man and the Wasp
July 13 – Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
July 27 – Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Book Releases

July 10

The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles (preorder swag details here) (Book 2 in the Edge of Everything Series)
The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (Book 2 in the Spill Zone series)
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (preorder swag details here)
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

brink broken fawkes spinning when we found

July 17

Competence by Gail Carriger (Book 3 in the Custard Protocol series
Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (preorder swag details here) (Book 2 in the Nyxia Triad)

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July 20

Ghost from the Past by Nathan Gregory (preorder swag details here)

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July 24

Contagion by Erin Bowman (preorder swag details here)
Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodge (preorder swag details here) (Sequel to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire)
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (preorder swag details here)
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (preorder swag details here)
Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn (preorder swag details here)

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July 31

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (preorder swag details here)
Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.
In High Cotton by Denise Grover Swank (Book 2 in the Neely Kate Mystery series)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 9 by G. Willow Wilson

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Events

All month – Read an Almanac month

July 14 – Atlanta African American Book Festival (Atlanta, GA)
July 15 РSoulful Chicago Bookfair (Chicago, IL)
July 17-22 – Hemingway Days (Key West, FL)
July 20-21 – South Florida Book Fest (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
July 21 РHarlem Book Fair (Harlem, NY)
July 30 – National Paperback Book Day
July 31 – Harry Potter Day

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to in July?

‚̧¬†Annette

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