Sunday, February 19, 2017

Love-A-Thon: X meets Y



The goal of this challenge is to combine the books and tv/movies you love in some way. What I'll be doing for this post is creating imaginary pitches for books I'd like to exist based on book and movie pairings.


1. the Mara Dyer trilogy meets Orphan Black
Can you imagine a YA about a bunch of Mara Dyer clones, all with different creepy powers? I can, and it's AWESOME.




2. Virtuosity meets Begin Again
Since Mark Ruffalo helps produce an album with Keira Knightley after a breakup in Begin Again and Virtuosity is about a violin prodigy, I'm picturing a book about a girl trying to get back into music who meets a cute boy who invites her to be part of his band and romantic fun times ensue.




3. Dreamology meets Timer
Timer is a super cute movie with Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer about a society where a timer implanted in your wrist counts down to the day you'll meet your true love. Dreamology is an even cuter YA novel about a girl who literally meets the boy of her dreams. I think a fluffy romance based on these two would be absolute fluffy perfection.






Saturday, February 18, 2017

Love-A-Thon: SWEETHEARTS Candy Messages

 
For this challenge, we are to imagine we've received a box of those little candy hearts with cute messages on them. The idea is to share them with a person or couple, fictional or real, for each of the prompts (I'm taking a few of them out, but whatever, it's my blog so I get to do what I want!)
 
  • LOVE WINS: A couple you didn’t think would get together, but against all odds, they did
I don't want to spoil this for anyone who hasn't read book 2 yet, so, the couple from A Court of Mist and Fury...


● I DO: A character you’d marry
Is it cheating to write about the same book twice in a row? But seriously, Rhysand is so swoony I can't even brain.


● DREAM BIG: A character whose dreams you want to come true
I'm going to cheat again by picking two characters for this one: Noah and Jude from I'll Give You the Sun. They go through so much both together and apart and all I want for them in the future is to be happy.


● CRAZY 4 U: A character you’re crazy about
Okay, I need to stop using Sarah J. Maas for this prompt, so let's see...um...I'm going to go with someone I hardly ever talk about even though I loved her series: Mia from the Princess Diaries. I loved the original series and was super psyched for Royal Wedding, which only made me love her more.


● TRUE LOVE: Your ultimate OTP
Argh, Sarah J. Maas, stop making your characters pop into my head for these answers! Okay, okay, Adam and Mia from If I Stay. The terrible movie might have killed it a little bit for me, but I still ship them forever and ever.


● TE AMO: A language you’d want to be wooed in
RUSSIAN, but as long as I don't have to be in actual Russia. I may be from New England, but I am not a fan of the cold.


● BFF: A character you want to be your best friend
This might end badly for me, but I actually think it would be super cool to be bros with Mara Dyer. Sure, she might get a little psychotic by the end, but damn, she is super badass.


● WINK WINK: A character you’d want to wink at you
Even though I'd want to be cool friends with Mara, not gonna lie, I would love to get to the winking stage with Noah Shaw.


● SWEET TALK: A character who knows how to sweet talk/flirt
Julian from Caraval is definitely a sweet talker. I didn't think I'd like him at first, but as he continued flirting with Scarlett, I changed my mind.

Love-A-Thon: Book Spine Poetry


I love any challenge that has to do with book spine poetry, so I'm definitely excited about this one. Here are a few of the poems I came up with based on titles on my TBR list!


 




Before She Ignites,
the Empress of a Thousand Skies
is Given to the Sea
so she can Defy the Stars





 


Even the Darkest Stars
Shimmer and Burn



 

The Black Witch,
Pitch Dark,
is Wicked Like a Wildfire

Love-A-Thon: Mix & Match



As the hosts said in the description of this challenge, we all love books, but we have other things we love, too! I've tried to do a different topic for both years I've done the love-a-thon, so I'm going to try and continue that trend today. Since I've already used music and I think fashion, today I'm going to share three horror YA novels I'm excited for because one of my favorite non-bookish things to do is to watch horror movies.




1. The Hollow Girl - Hillary Monahan

To be honest, I found Monahan's first horror novel pretty forgettable, but I seriously doubt I'll feel that way about this one. Not only is it a revenge story featuring a Welsh Romani girl, but it's described in the brief Goodreads synopsis as being "feminist horror YA." The words "feminist" and "horror" rarely go together, so I am definitely super excited to see how it turns out!




2. There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins

I've been excited for this one even before it had an official title, and even though I have yet to read another book by Stephanie Perkins. But really though, how could I not go for a book pitched as "Scream" meets YA when the Scream movies were some of the first horror movies I loved? A classic teen slasher but as a YA book? YES. PLEASE.




3. Dreamfall - Amy Plum

Technically this one is being billed as sci-fi, which I don't normally go for, but I'm definitely anticipating some horror elements based on the synopsis. A bunch of teens who sign up for experimental treatment for insomnia get trapped inside a dream world with their worst nightmares, so how can that possibly NOT be horror? I really liked Amy Plum's Die For Me (note to self, read the rest of the trilogy) so I'm excited to see what I'll think of her most recent novel.


Love-A-Thon 2017 Intro Questionnaire



I participated in all of the past Love-A-Thon events on my old blog, so I'm excited to bring it to Bookish Minis as well this year! To start, I'll be sharing my answers to some of the questions from the hosts' questionairre. To keep with the theme of my blog being all about short and sweet posts, I've tried to stick to only between 1-3 questions per section. Enjoy, and happy Love-A-Thon!



An Introduction to You and Your Blog

- What sort of posts can readers expect from you?
As implied by my blog title, Bookish Minis is all about keeping it short and sweet with mini-reviews, discussion posts, and list-y posts. It's hard to keep up with blogs so I'm hoping some shorter posts might make it easier and more fun!

- What book genres do you talk about the most?
This is mainly a YA book blog, so pretty much anything under that category goes (except sci-fi; I just can't do sci-fi), but honestly I know I'm a contemporary girl at heart. Gotta have those contemps, whether it's a fluffy romance, a quirky literary novel, or an edgy, gritty book.

Favorites

- Favorite things to do apart from reading?
Though I often do both of these things while reading, I do love cuddling my cats and drinking good tea even without a book in hand. I've also finally gotten back into playing flute, and have honestly been enjoying playing it for fun even more than when I was an actual music major in college. Netflix & chill is also part of my daily life, so I do enjoy binge-watching some good shows or indulging in bad horror movies every now and again.

- Favorite musical artists?
This changes on a daily basis, but the ones that stay consistent are Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Tegan and Sara, Ani Difranco, and this really cool alternative hip-hop artist named Dessa. I've gotten a bit into folk-punk recently, but in general my musical tastes are more of the indie-pop variety.


Book Talk


- Favorite childhood books?
If I had to pick only one I'd say Inkheart by Cornelia Funke since it's about a book lover, but I also loved one of her other books, The Thief Lord, also. The Golden Compass trilogy is another huge favorite, and I am beyond thrilled that Philip Pullman is writing a companion trilogy set to release this October!! How I Live Now and A Northern Light are the other two I would consider childhood favorites, and both have very special places in my full-of-books heart.

- Underrated book, series, or author you love?
I haven't actually gotten to her most recent book yet, but ELLEN WITTLINGER. I'm pretty sure Hard Love was one of the first real YA books I ever read and has been an all-time favorite ever since. The sequel to it, told from the perspective of the protagonist's lesbian friend, was also surprisingly good, and Parrotfish was knock-your-socks-off amazing. The only bad experience I've had with her so far was Heart on my Sleeve, but I am still determined to read her most recent book, Local Girl Swept Away, before the year is out. 

- Book boyfriend/girlfriend?
RHYSAND. Even though I had some misgivings and red flags about him in ACOTAR, I was still kind of into him even then. Then ACOMAF happened and...um...I'm sorry, did it suddenly get hot in here or is it just me? 



Monday, February 13, 2017

#booksfortrade

I've decided to make this a post instead of a page because my top menu was getting a little crowded, but everything's basically the same:


My requests are probably long shots considering what I have, but I'm asking anyway in case anyone is that generous and/or interested in what I have.

So. The wishlist (willing to trade multiples for wishlist ARCs):

- Any 2017 titles. To be honest I'm really only interested in 2017 or 2016 titles that I don't have.
- Given to the Sea - Mindy McGinnis
- We Are Okay - Nina LaCour
- The Love Interest - Cale Dietrich (when available)
- When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon
- Ramona Blue - Julie Murphy
- Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill (any format)
- Nevernight - Jay Kristoff (any format)

This is what I have to trade:


ARCs available:
  • Lily & Dunkun
  • The Steep and Thorny Way - Cat Winters
  • Glory O'Brien's History of the Future - A. S. King
  • Tell the Wind and Fire - Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Sex & Violence - Carrie Mesrobian
  • Stitching Snow - R. C. Lewis
  • The Museum of Heartbreak - Meg Leder
  • The Scourge - Jennifer Nielsen
  • The Walled City - Ryan Graudin
  • Unbreakable - Kami Garcia
  • Stray - Elissa Sussman
  • The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas
  • The First Time She Drowned 
  • The Way I Used to Be - Amber Smith
  • The Summer of Sloane - Erin L. Schneider
  • Our Chemical Hearts - Krystal Sutherland
  • Salt & Storm - Kendall Kulper
FCs available:
  • I Was Here - Gayle Forman
  • A School for Brides - Patrice Kindl
  • Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Mosquitoland - David Arnold
  • Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella
  • Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis
  • The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
  • Savvy - Ingrid Law
  • Doll Bones - Holly Black
  • The Thing About Leftovers - C. C. Payne
  • My Diary at the Edge of the World - Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
  • We Are the Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Conversion - Katherine Howe
  • The Young Elites - Marie Lu
I also have many, MANY copies of samplers for Blood Rose Rebellion, Windfall (Jennifer E. Smith), and Ann Brashares' The Whole Thing Together. Happy to trade multiples for a book.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bookentine Read-A-Thon TBR Goals


The Bookentine Read-A-Thon is hosted by Tea & Titles and will run from February 13-20. The goal is to read at least one book that fits into the three given prompts. Below you'll find some of the books I'm considering diving into for each category:

read a book with red and/or pink on the cover:


- The Gallery of Unfinished Girls 
- Fireworks
- If Birds Fly Back


read a book by an author you haven't read before:

 

- The Lost & Found - Katrina Leno
- How to Disappear - Sharon Huss Roat
- This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab


read a book featuring mental illness or disability:


- Bad Blood - Demetria Lunetta
- 10 Things I Can See From Here - Carrie Mac


Are you participating in #Bookentine? What book should I read first?