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Monday, May 22, 2017

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Kathryn @ Bookwise and Rita @ Bookish Rita | Novel Newcomers

Hellooo bookwyrms!

Welcome back to another edition of Novel Newcomers, where I need to start being more creative or I'm bound to scare off all the people.

I am currently trying to not be a slacker, but it is really hard not to be one when I work six days and have one day to do all the blogging things.

Today's featured bloggers are Rita from Bookish Rita and Kathryn from Bookwise for an interview involving eggs. (I have a very bad pun, but nawh. I'll pass.)

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Rita: Something I’ve been very interested for three years now is sewing. I really like fashion and playing with materials and textures, whenever I go shopping I always think “this would be lovely if it had X”. I’ve owned a sewing machine for two years now but have really slacked and don’t use it nearly as much as I should. That’s what I’ll be doing this Easter mini-break! Besides that, I really like writing, although I’ve been experiencing some blocks lately…

Kathryn: I really enjoy cooking and baking! I had the chance to cater for my cousin’s rehearsal dinner and wedding shower, and I really enjoyed that! I actually considered going to culinary school, when I was younger. I also love doing crafts- knitting, mostly, although I also crochet and sew. I haven’t had much of a chance to do all that, lately, but I always love giving characters those hobbies!

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Rita: When I was around nine or ten, I walked for a kid’s clothing company. It was rather spontaneous, I never really dreamed of becoming a model, and a great deal of fun. I say that it is unusual because if you looked at me as a kid (or now, really) you wouldn’t think of model material as I’m rather uncoordinated and not particularly elegant.

Kathryn: When I was in middle school, I started a program called Future City there. Future City is this nation(world?)wide contest for middle school students, and teaches about sustainable engineering for the future- the kids get to design, build (a model of), and present a city of the future. Do I have any interest in engineering? Hahaha no, I hate math with a burning passion. But I guess something stood out to me about the program, and the kids liked it there, because it’s still going on!

What is your favorite food?
Rita: Everybody knows of my love for avocados. It doesn’t really matter if it is avocado on toast with grounded black pepper, pureed to make a salad dressing, or diced on top of some pasta.

Kathryn: I don’t think I love, like, one single food as my favorite, but flavor combinations? Chocolate and cinnamon, lamb and rosemary, basil and lemon- granted, I can’t really afford most of my favorite combinations, but seriously. Food. I’m a huuuuge foodie, so if it works really, really well together I’ll love it forever. If I had to choose one, though, dark chocolate. The darker the better. (84% = my heart, and the confusion of my friends.)

What is one thing you are looking forward to this season (spring/fall)?
Rita: Going on more walks, taking in the sunshine, and touristing more in my own city. Sometimes I forget how gorgeous Lisbon is, but when the sun shines I realize why tourism has been growing here.

Kathryn: There’s something about spring that makes everything feel so… new. And after a semester of several bad classes (yay studenting, amiright?), I am very, very excited to be done with it. The sun will be out more, the grass will be greener, the trees will have flowers, and maybe we’ll get one of those wonderful, massive thunderstorms that last all of five minutes but are still freaking INCREDIBLE and big raindrops and thunder and lightning and ok I think I’m fangirling now. Over a thunderstorm. I apologize immensely.

Oh, and there’s also my birthday. Maybe I’ll get more books?

If you could write a retelling of any classic, which would it be and what kind of genre would it be in?
Rita: Emma by Jane Austen is one of my favorite classics, I love the plot and the characters as well. Although it has been adapted to the big screen in the form of Clueless, I’d like to see or read a new retelling. I’d keep it a contemporary romance because I’m a sucker for that genre, and I think it works best that way.

Kathryn: I really would love to do a contemporary inspired by The Little Mermaid- the idea of giving up something important for the one you love just sticks in my head, for some reason. Also, would totally do a retelling of Moulin Rouge, in which Christian was female- or possibly Phantom of The Opera, with Raoul being female? I don’t know, I just love love triangles in which there’s both a male and a female love interest.

What songs are currently stuck in your head lately?
Rita: Lorde is one of my favorite artists, so “Green Light” and “Liability” have been on replay since she’s released them. I can’t wait to listen to the whole album.

Kathryn: “Stone Cold” (Demi Lovato) is a literal summary of one of my characters, soooo…. Yep. Also, Halsey’s “Ghost” and Lorde’s “Glory and Gore” (also a character who I LOVE OMG).

How do you like eggs (if you like eggs… and candy eggs count too in case you don’t like eggs or are allergic to them)?
Rita: I only like eggs if they’re boiled. I like them really hard-boiled, but at the same time I really like runny yolks. As long as they aren’t fried or scrambled, I’ll eat them.

Kathryn: Either runny-yolk fried or in a cake. ;)

Where to find Rita: Blog | Goodreads | Twitter
Where to find Kathryn: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

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LATE Fangirl Friday Edition: Times Square + Trailers


Let's start off with moment of silence for the 18 year old girl who died during the tragic event that happened on Thursday at Times Square. Also, please keep all of the injured people who were involved in your thoughts and prayers. I hope for a speedy recovery for each and every one of these injured people.

Trailer Time!

STAR TREK DISCOVERY


WILL AND GRACE

THE EMOJI MOVIE




CHARMING




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Friday, May 19, 2017

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Blog Tour: No Second Chances - Excerpt and Giveaway

*Dusts off mic and taps it* Hello? Oh good, this thing still works. Sorry for being super MIA! Haha my last post was May 5 and before that who knows when.... *sweat drop* Well anyway, back on topic, today I'm bringing you the No Second Chances book tour! I would of reviewed this but I ended up not because I didn't have time to read it for personal reasons and the host of this tour, Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours was kind enough to provide an excerpt I can show you guys instead! Don't forget to stop at the other stops today!


No Second Chances (Dodge Cove #3)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Natasha was DEVASTATED when Jackson, her first love, disappeared without a word only to pop up months later as a famous DJ. But now she’s over it―over him!―and ready to move on with her life! Isn’t she?

Jackson thought he was leaving Dodge Cove behind forever when he set off to LA to start his career as a DJ. But the one thing he had never been able to leave behind was the memory of his first love, Natasha, and now that he’s proven his success, he’s coming home to win her back…

Get ready to stop time, defy gravity and bring down the stars in this final book in Kate Evangelista’s Dodge Cove Trilogy!


About the Author
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Before I get any further, here's the whole tour schedule!

May 15th
Becky on Books >> Interview
Haddie’s Haven >> Review
Perks Be With You >> Review
The Boundless Booklist >> Review

May 16th
underneath the covers >> Excerpt
To Be Read >> Review
With Love for Books >> Review
BooksChatter >> Interview

May 17th
CBY Book Club >> Excerpt
Between books >> Review
Girl vs Books >> Review
Girls With Books >> Playlist
blogs and coffee >> Guest post

May 18th
The Bibliophile Confessions >> Review
Dreamland Teenage Fantasy >> Review
Loves Great Reads  >> Excerpt
Evolving Perceptions >> Review
The Reading Belles >> Review

May 19th
Writing Pearls  >> Review
Bookwyrming Thoughts >> Excerpt
A British Bookworm’s Blog >> Review
Whoo Gives A Hoot >> Excerpt
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Review

Lastly, before I post the excerpt, there's a tour-wide giveaway for the US and Canada!
What you can win: One print copy of No Second Chances
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Excerpt
They faced each other in the space between two doors barely bigger than a coat closet. Behind Natasha, the booming bass still pushed through. The harsh florescent lighting above them let out a faint buzz, flickering every once in a while.

“What do you think you’re doing?” Natasha asked.

Jackson slid the phone into his back pocket then ran his fingers through his damp hair. “You won’t believe how happy I am right now. When I saw you in the crowd tonight—”

She jerked back. “Happy?”

“Yeah. I missed you. So much.”

“Miss me? You miss me?”

“Yeah.” He reached out for her, but she moved away. “My heart is beating so hard right now I think I’m going to pass out. You should feel it.”

“You’re a sick bastard, do you know that?” She crossed her arms again, her brow furrowed.

Jackson’s brow mimicked Natasha’s. “I don’t understand.”

A laugh escaped her lips as she shook her head. “Well, let me make things clear for you. You left. No word.”

“If you let me explain—”

“What’s there to explain? It looks pretty obvious to me.” She pointed toward the club. “That’s your life now.”

“Can you hear yourself right now?”

“You seriously think I’m being crazy?” She slapped her forehead with the heel of her hand and laughed until she doubled over. All the blood rushed to the pads of Jackson’s feet as he slowly realized what was happening. “Come on, Tash. Let’s talk about this.”

“Talk?” Natasha sobered. “Now, after all this time, you want to talk?” She cut her hand through the air between them. “No. I only came to prove to myself that I’m over you.”

“Tash, don’t do this. Please.”

She sized him up with those eyes he once thought tamed any man’s wild heart. They absolutely conquered his.

“No second chances,” she said, finality in her tone.

The words were a slap in the face. They stunned him into silence.

With all the dignity in the world, she lifted her chin before she turned around and stalked off. Leaving the scent of her expensive perfume behind.

For the first time since he was five-years-old, he heard nothing.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

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Tatiana @ AfroBoricua Reads | Novel Newcomers

Welcome back to Novel Newcomers! (And now returning to our weekly programming...)

We last left off with Di from Book Reviews by Di and Mia from Pen and Parchment back in early April with an interview that resulted in the three of us talking about edible math, pie, and more pie. Granted, I was the guilty one who started the conversation, but that's okay because it's food, and food is totally okay.

I then took an unannounced hiatus with Novel Newcomers due to projects and scholarly endeavors, but now summer has officially come for me. I'm going to try and not procrastinate this time (though it's really hard because no internet! At home! I'm using data! Tracfone!)

Speaking of procrastinating... someone pinch me because I haven't sent the questions to everyone being featured in May. Ahh!
We are BACK with another edition of Novel Newcomers, where Tatiana from AfroBoricua Reads is kicking it off with a guest post about what diversity means to her and why it matters.

Diversity: Why It Matters

Hey Everybody!

Today I wanna talk about something that matters to me: Diversity in books.

Growing up Black and Puerto Rican I rarely ever saw myself in the media. When I did see myself in the media I was always stereotyped as the maid or gangbanger. I was hardly the main heroine always the sassy sidekick. I was there to make the white MC look good and nothing more.

I struggled with my identity for years not really knowing who I was. I've been reading since I was little and I could probably count on one hand the amount of books that had a MC that looked like me. Until last year I had no idea had badly I needed to see myself in books - when I got an ARC of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, I cried. I saw myself on the cover, I saw myself in the story. I knew I mattered in that moment: that I was important and that I could be the heroine of my own story.

Diversity in books is important, we need to reflect the actual world and not just a small minority of it. We need to let writers from all kinds of background (non allocishet white writers) tell their own stories and reach out to someone who needs to see their not alone. That's why diversity in books matters.

Find Tatiana On the Interwebs!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: A New Book and Some New Trailers


What's up everybody!?! That grammar is not correct, but we'll deal with it. Don't you worry. I'm FINALLY out of school! I will finally have time to read, chillax, do some personally projects I've been dying to do, and work cause that tuition isn't gonna pay itself. Hello to those struggling college students. I'm with yah, you're not alone. If you're in high school still.... be grateful of those free textbooks.

President Bill Clinton is teaming up with James Patterson for a new thriller coming out June 11, 2018 called The President is Missing. Here's the summary according to Goodreads.



A sitting U.S. President is missing. President Bill Clinton partners with #1 bestselling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.




Anyone a fan of the controversial show 13 Reasons Why? I've never read the book nor have I seen the show, but I plan to this summer. The show has been renewed for season 2! Here's the trailer Announcement!


Blade Runner 2049


Final Wonder Woman Trailer







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Monday, May 8, 2017

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The Experience of Blogging on a Tablet | Discussion

I ask myself weird questions and come up with post ideas sometimes. (Or sometimes they become a partially written post, and I leave it sitting there on my hard drive.)

My latest idea had something to do with commenting devices, but then it turned into a post about my blogging experience on a tablet for the past few years. Okay, I’ve been meaning to write about that experience for a while but I just never got around to it.

Most of my blogging career is a very split divide between a tablet and a computer. A very crappy computer, but a computer nonetheless. But speaking of crappy computers, I did have to get one for school because sometimes an iPad provided by the school just isn't good enough for productive work.

I totally use it to watch videos and do the actual typing on my laptop, though. Everyone wonders why I use both (some wonder why I even bother with a laptop but an iPad is NOT the same when I run around doing graphics for school) but I have YouTube Red, and YouTube Red isn't available to download videos on a computer. Plus, my battery lasts longer on an iPad than a laptop (Macs are expensive, so I like Windows better).

Does that make me sound like I’m rambling?

My Tablet Blogging Experiences

It's slow. Extremely slow. And. I. Mean. Computer. Having. A. Hard. Time. Breathing. Type. Of. Slow. Okay, so maybe it's not that slow, but the general, overall gist is this: it is a long and slow process. I don't know how I have the patience for this because I've been told that I don't have patience, but I’ve also been told I have patience. Does this mean I'm picky with my patience as much as I am with what I remember? My memory sucks horribly sometimes.

Sometimes, I can be compared to Dory.
Unfortunately, the world is merciless, and I get yelled at constantly. (It's really bad when there's a lot going on in the background.)

One can only swipe for so much before getting frustrated. The great thing about my tablet is how I can get custom keyboards that enable me to swipe (or the default keyboard lets me swipe, which Apple has yet to implement in their keyboards, but I like downloading keyboard apps from the app store because themesss). But occasionally? My iPad likes to play calibration issues when I charge it and do swipe typing of words all on its own. It’s very annoying.
iPad won't let me scroll in Blogger. I've tried, honestly. All I can do is run around in HTML mode and then edit, which is precisely why I've converted to writing on Google Docs and then copying/pasting into Blogger. (I still lose the formatting because there is so much crap if I copy directly. And I hate dealing with crap when I have to go into the coding myself, so I like to keep it clean.). Because my computer is so small in storage, I've resorted to using Google Drive for everything rather than OneDrive (I still keep that one around in case I have to do something other than press releases and shenanigans).

Before anyone asks, yes, I have a microSD card for expanded storage. My computer still sucks at storage, but I can at least carry it around for blogging and schoolwork. My home computer, which is old and cranky when it connects to the internet and runs on Windows Vista, is just there to be pretty. Apparently my new laptop I can’t take out the battery and replace it when it finally dies without actually consulting a professional. I am not okay with this.

The Blogger app is horrible (Android). When I first got my Nextbook, I wanted to use it for blogging as well. Alas, it has a terrible battery that drains quickly and can only be used for reading if you want the battery to last somewhat long. I'm slowly turning my iPad into a reading device and just ditching the Nextbook entirely unless I have an ePub file that I don't feel like emailing to my Kindle app on my iPad.

Um, change of topic. Back on track.

So the Blogger app? It is horrible. Awful and simplistic and the computer is so much better. In fact, the WordPress app knocks the Blogger app straight out of blogging orbit and through the atmosphere. It’s still simple, but it’s not as horrible.

iPad doesn't have a blogging app. Okay, okay, I lied. They do have a few blogging apps, but none of them are to my taste and liking and usually screws up my coding big time or another blogger's coding and well, it just goes horribly from there. Then I have to go and fix it all up by going to the actual site. Way too much work in my opinion. I’d rather have scrolling problems.

My comments tend to be short. One thing that I've noticed about blogging through a tablet? My comments tend to be a little short. I mean, I do comment short if I don't have much to say because I haven't read a book and therefore there isn't much to say, but I'm talking about discussions. Discussions are the posts that I love reading about because there is almost always something for me to say (also I am a very wordy person, so I tend to ask myself why I write fewer discussion posts sometimes).

Imagine blogging on a phone. I've come across one blogger (forgot who it was) who actually blogs on their phone! According to this random poll I sent out a few weeks ago, the majority who voted have blogged on a device other than a computer or considered it.

I find this extremely admirable because if I can't handle blogging on my own tablets without wanting to strangle technology, I don't think I could ever blog on my phone (I did have to do it one time and it was an entirely unpleasant experience for me.) Tracfone really needs to invest in an unlimited data plan - I am all for it (I’m not talking about Total Wireless, Straight Talk, and Net10, which all run with the Tracfone company and have unlimited plans). Have I mentioned already the Blogger app on Android is horrible?

Technology is quickly moving into the mobile world with its apps and other shenanigans, but it seems blogging on an app is difficult currently. Do you guys think this will change in the future? Have you tried blogging on a mobile device? If so, what was your experience? If not, would you ever consider it? Be sure to leave your thoughts below, or chat on Twitter (@HannahSophiaLin).

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Friday, May 5, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Spring Flood of 2017 + Movie Trailers


I hope your week was better than mine. As you all know, I live in St. Louis, and I have been affected by the flood. It took me forever to commute to school, and I couldn't make it to work. Finals are coming up next week, and my mind is just about to explode. Sophia is lucky that her last day is today.

I'm fine, but the highways are opening up again. The river finally crested and is now receding, so I hope everything goes back to normal by Monday. Enough with my awful weekend, and let's talk about the only two trailers I have in store for you guys!

Marvel's The Defenders



The Dark Tower



BTW.... I'm Mexican American, and I DON'T CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO!


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