Thursday, May 14, 2015

What To Expect at BEA | 2015 Edition

I’ve been to BEA 3 times now. I like to think I know a bit about what to expect. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m no expert, but compared to the people who’ve never been I feel like I know something.

1. Your schedule might get messed up. Don’t consider it set in stone.

There is the chance that you will add or remove things from your schedule for BEA. The publishers have set times when they drop books and they don’t usually put those out until the beginning of the show. That carefully constructed schedule you made may get messed up because of publisher drops. There is also the chance that you may get a book from a publisher before a signing and decide not to go to that signing after all. That happens.

Also, you may make tons of plans for the nights after you’re done at the show. However, the show is extremely exhausting and you may find yourself just wanting to go back and crash at the hotel. Don’t overdo it!

2. Don’t expect to be able to get everything or do everything while you’re at BEA.

There are a ton of events during BEA week. Don’t expect to attend them all. It’s sometimes impossible. Some events take place at the same time. You just have to pick the one you want to attend the most.

Also, don’t expect to get every book at BEA. There are so many people at BEA and only so many books available. You will miss out on some but just remember, the book will be available eventually even if you don’t get it at BEA.

3. Not all people behave like adults at BEA.

I’ve seen some horrible behavior from people at BEA. You would think some people were toddlers the way they threw tantrums when they didn’t get what they wanted, when they wanted it. We are all adults and most of use are there for professional reasons. Keep that in mind at all times at BEA. Don’t be rude to publishers or other attendees. If you see bad behavior, don’t let it influence your own behavior.

4. Everyone at BEA is basically a giant nerd.

Be yourself at BEA. It’s one place where being a total nerd is completely okay. Feel free to fangirl (or boy) over a favorite author. Feel free to gush about books with anyone and everyone. Talk to the strangers in signing lines with you. You never know who you’ll meet.

5. Expect to spend time in lines.

There are lines for everything at BEA. Some of the more popular author signings start lining up over an hour before the signing. Don’t expect to be wandering the floor the whole time because that is totally not realistic. Lines can be fun though and they give you some time to start reading if you’re not too busy chatting.

6. Your whole body will ache at the end of the day.

Carrying books, standing in lines, walking around NYC; all these things will lead to sore body parts. I always bring Salon Pas (basically icy hot) patches as well as portable heating pads. They work wonders on sore muscles. I put them on at night when I get back to the hotel and sleep with them on. The next day I feel so much better. Don’t forget comfy shoes/clothes as well as at least one good/sturdy tote bag or backpack.

There is also a place where you can check a bag for a couple dollars a day and I highly recommend doing this.  You’re able to make as many stops as you want and fill that bag up so you don’t have to carry your books around all day.  I usually bring a bag with wheels (or a suitcase) to check and then I don’t have to carry that bag when I leave the convention center at the end of the day. (TJ Maxx has great rolling bags for around $16.99 if you don’t already have one)

These are just a few things I’ve come to expect at BEA. It’s a fun event but it can be extremely overwhelming. If you have questions feel free to ask them in the comments, shoot me an email, or even just tweet me. I’ll answer them all to the best of my ability!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Where I’ve Been and Where I’ll Be

Hey guys!

I know it has been ages since I’ve posted consistently on the blog and I apologize for that.  I’ve been so busy with school and work that I haven’t read anything for fun lately.  However, school is 3 weeks away from being over for the semester and I’ve already started picking out books to read when I have some free time.

As most of you know, BEA is next month.  I didn’t originally think I was going to be able to attend this year but thanks to the kindness of other bloggers, it looks like I’ll be able to go after all.  If you’re going to be at BEA, please let me know.  I’d love to meet up.  Also, if there is going to be any sort of blogger get-together I would love to hear about it.  The books are a great perk of BEA but I really go to meet and hang out with my fellow bloggers.

What have you been reading lately?  Anything that needs to be on my radar?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October’s Exciting New Releases!

August's Exciting NewReleases

Every month there are a ton of new releases and I feel like a lot of them get overlooked.  I decided I’m going to spotlight a few books that I am excited about each month.  These may include books I’ve read or books I’ve been dying to read!

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Atlantia by Ally Condie

I loved Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy and I love that this series sounds completely different from that one.  I’m not usually a big fan of underwater settings but I’ve heard such good things about this one that I can’t wait for the release!3650d266-622a-4bea-a5d0-68a89c7c41ec_zpsd0bf7713

The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides by Ben Tripp

I missed this one at BEA and I was kicking myself for days.  The blurb says it’s perfect for fans of The Princess Bride so I am all over this one!

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I have been seeing amazing reviews for Snow Like Ashes since it was posted on Edelweiss a few months ago.  I honestly don’t think I’ve seen a bad review of this one and that tells me I need to read it.

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Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Every now and then a book gets added to my TBR even though I’ve read no reviews of it.  That is the case with Althea & Oliver.  I know pretty much nothing about it but it sounds like my kind of book.

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The Body Electric by Beth Revis

I enjoyed Across the Universe by Beth Revis so I immediately added this one to my TBR.  Add to that the fact that the cover was designed by Hafsah at IceyBooks and I was sold.

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Sublime by Christina Lauren

I’ve already read this one and it’s so perfect for Halloween.  It’s spooky and eerie and full of twists.  I’m a huge fan of ghost stories and I’m happy to say that this one is superb.

What are some of your most exciting releases for September?  Have you read any of the ones I mentioned?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#FallIntoBelzhar Kickoff!

Last month I was overjoyed to be asked to participate in an awesome campaign to promote Meg Wolitzer’s upcoming YA release, Belzhar.

Throughout the month of September I will be jotting down thoughts, notes, lists, and whatever else pops into my head.  And where might I be jotting these things down?  In the gorgeous Belzhar journal pictured below!

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Want to see what I write down throughout the month?  Follow me over on my Instagram and you can check out pictures of the random things that pop into my head.  You can also follow using #FallIntoBelzhar on both Twitter and Instagram.

This campaign will go from now until the release date of Belzhar, September 30.  As the big kick off, Mundie Moms is hosting a Twitter chat with author Meg Wolitzer today!

Want to know who else is participating in the campaign?  Check out their blogs or channels and make sure t follow them on Instagram!

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Belzhar

 

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

 

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Meg Wolitzer

 

 

 
Meg Wolitzer is the author of The Ten-Year Nap and seven previous novels, including The Position and The Wife . Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.

Visit her on her website or Twitter

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting | Review

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting | ReviewThe Taking by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Taking #1
Published by Harper Teen on April 29, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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5 Stars

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing. 

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. 

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men. 

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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The Taking is the first in a new science fiction series from Kimberly Derting and I was seriously impressed with it.  I was a little skeptical when I first started it since I’d heard some mixed things but I went in with an open mind and I could  not put it down!

The Taking starts off with a bang (and a white light, in this case) and it never slowed down.  Kyra wakes up what seems like one day later but turns out to be five years later.  Her life is completely different and the only person she can turn to is her now ex-boyfriend’s little brother (all grown up now), Tyler.  Together they team up to find out where Kyra was for those five years, why she hasn’t aged a day, and why there are people hunting her down.  It’s a crazy thrill ride of a story that will hook readers from start to finish.  And probably even after you finish.

Kyra is confused, scared, and pretty alone after everything she has been through.  Her parents are divorced and her mom seems to have moved on with her life.  Her dad became obsessed with what happened to Kyra and pretty much threw his life away.  Her boyfriend and best friend moved on without her and now her former boyfriend’s little brother is grown up and looking pretty good to Kyra.  Don’t get me wrong, I did find it a little odd that one day Tyler was 12 to Kyra and the next day he was 17 and she was all over him.  Especially seeing as her boyfriend and best friend betrayed her.  I didn’t expect her to move on to Tyler quite so quickly  but I really wouldn’t call it instalove since they did know each other for years.  Tyler is supremely adorable.  He’s such a sweetheart.  If I was Kyra, I would have a hard time resisting him too.  I really did think they had great chemistry and it truly didn’t bother me all that much that it was her ex-boyfriend’s little brother.  They were better together than her and Austin, by far.

The story is completely unique and I loved it.  I’m not normally a fan of science fiction but I loved Kimberly Derting’s take on it.  I don’t want to give anything away  but I will say that it’s nothing like I expected.  I didn’t really get much from the synopsis or the few reviews  I’d read and I’m really glad about that.  This is one of those books where the less you know going in, the better.

Overall, The Taking is a fabulous start to Kimberly Derting’s new series.  I’d forgotten how much I loved her writing and this just reminded me so I’m definitely going to go read some more of her books while I impatiently await for the next book in this series.

What others are saying about The Taking:

Beauty and the Bookshelf’s review: “And while this isn’t my favorite Kimberly Derting novel and I did have a few issues with it, The Taking is a fast-paced book with an addictive quality, because you just MUST KNOW what on earth is going on.”

A  Book Obsession’s review: “I enjoyed THE TAKING and it was a pretty quick read, but there were a few things that just felt a bit too underdeveloped for me, making it frustrating as I couldn’t quite get fully immersed into the story.”

Looking for the Panacea’s review: “Unfortunately, being action-packed meant that Derting spent hardly any time on character development.”

Monday, April 28, 2014

2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program!

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You know when you were growing up and you always had summer reading to look forward to?  I’ve missed that lately so I decided to start a summer reading program specifically for book bloggers!

What is it?

The book blogger summer reading program is a way to challenge yourself to make a dent in your TBR pile over the summer.

When is it?

I know that summer starts in May for some people and June for others so I figured I’d go ahead and the make the program from the beginning of May to the beginning of September.  That should give everybody a good amount of time to get some reading done.

How do you participate?

Sign up using the linky below (link to your blog or Goodreads) and check back monthly for mini-challenges, giveaways, and more.

What do you get out of this program?

Not only do you challenge yourself to spend some time reading over the summer months but there are going to be prizes involved.  I mean, I don’t know about you guys, but I was always into the summer reading program for the prizes that you get for reaching your goal.  There will be one grand prize giveaway, 10 end of challenge giveaways, and monthly giveaways from May to September.

How do you get entered in the grand prize giveaway and end of challenge giveaways?

You must complete your summer reading goal.  You don’t have to set a high goal (5 books is fine if that’s all you think you will have time to read).  At the end of the challenge, if you’ve completed your goal, you can enter the grand prize giveaway and the end of challenge giveaways.

Rules:

  • Your goal can be as low as 5 books (at least 5 though) and as high as 50+.  Just make it realistic for you!
  • You can read whatever you want. Doesn’t matter when it’s published, what genre, etc. Just read what you enjoy!
  • Create a post or shelf on Goodreads to track your progress. Link to that post or shelf in the linky.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge: April Reviews + Giveaway!

Happy April, y’all!  It’s that time again!  Time to link up your April reviews and be entered for a chance to win some great books!

Okay so here’s what you have to do to be entered to win the awesome prize pack for April!
-Fill out the Rafflecopter!
-Link up your reviews so other participants can check them out!
-Remember that for a book to count it must have been published in 2014!

What do you have the chance to win this month?

April

-a copy of The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
-an ARC of The Last Best Kiss by Claire LeZebnik
-assorted swag!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stacking The Shelves + BEA Request! (23)

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week, either for review, from the library, from the bookstore, or from trades.

I fail with posting Stacking the Shelves.  Seriously, the last time I did one was in January.  I do usually post pics on Instagram though (@katiesbookblog) so if you follow me there you still find out what I get in the mail.  However, for all you people who don’t follow me there, here are some of the exciting books I’ve received since January.  (This will not include books I’ve already read/reviewed.)

The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Fires of Calderon (The Balance Keepers #1) by Lindsay Cummings
Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday
Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley
Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson
The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan
Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
Boomerang by Noelle August
Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt
Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Amity by Micol Ostow


The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
Red At Night by Katie McGarry

As you guys know, BEA is coming up really soon!  I wasn’t planning on going (money issues) but I recently got a new job and I decided to see about going.  However, I waited a little too long and most people already have roommates and rooms booked.  If you are looking for a roommate or know of someone looking for a roommate, please let me know.  My dates are flexible so that’s not an issue.  I just really would like to be able to make the trip again this year and if I can’t find someone to stay with, I can’t go.  You can comment here or shoot me an email at katieb206 at gmail dot com!

So there you go!  Like I said, these aren’t all the books that I’ve received but it’s some of them.  If you ever want to know all the books that I have on my shelves, feel free to head over to Goodreads since I do keep my Goodreads account completely up to date.

What have you received lately?  Feel free to leave a link in the comments!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Giveaway: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Giveaway: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la CruzBuy on Amazon
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Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.

Happy Friday!  Thanks to Big Honcho Media and Disney Hyperion, I have one awesome giveaway for you guys!

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