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Monday, February 8, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: The Chinese New Edition with Shari and Lillie

Hello, Happy Monday, and Happy Lunar New Year!

Welcome to the next stop on Novel Newcomers before the cycle is repeated all over again with the only difference being the featured bloggers. In case you are wondering what Novel Newcomers is, more information can be found back in the introduction and sign ups post. And if you're a new blogger who started in 2016, hooray! Sign ups will be open sometime later in the year. ^_^

Meanwhile...

I'm extremely excited to be featuring two more bloggers who started last year! Last week, Nori introduced you to Chelsea @ Sparkles and Scribbles, Lynette @ Charmingly Simple, and Gabriella @ Let's Gab About Books. This week, I'm introducing you to Shari @ YA Book Monster and Lillie @ Little Lillie Reads with an interview!

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
LILLIE: I’ve been dancing for twelve years, so I guess you could say I’m a bit interested in dance! I attend an art school, so I always get my daily dose of ballet and modern dance, but outside of school I take tap, contemporary, and jazz classes. Besides dance, I’m a huge musical theater geek, so if I’m not dancing then you’ll find me singing a tune. Also, I play softball!

Future Broadway star! ;)

SHARI: There are two main interests in my life (that don’t fall under the reading and blogging category). The first is my cat. Not cats in general, just mine. I adopted my fur-baby, Wilbur, from a shelter and I’m so glad I did. I think of him as my son, not my pet. I’m very proud of him because he can do tricks: sit, lie down, stand up, shake hands, and high five. Also, he is super handsome. Second interest: Bugs! I studied entomology (insects), so I can identify lots of little critters and tell you all about them, if you were ever curious.

Cats doing tricks?! YUSH. I'm not a fan of bugs, but being able to identify all kinds of bugs sounds helpful – I'm often confused by the pedes (millipedes, centipedes, etc.). :)

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
LILLIE: This is gonna sound strange, but I ate four Italian breadsticks under a minute and beat my friend. We have this great Italian restaurant down the street from our school, so for an induction ceremony they ordered dinner for all of us. The breadsticks were super oily and seasoned the garlic, the scent was intoxicating, yet it was incredibly delicious (and filling). They were crazy hard to swallow, yet my friend decided to have a competition to see who could eat the most in a minute. I won.

Remind me to never have a food competition with you. I eat pizza so slow, it's not even funny. o_O

SHARI: I would have to say it’s my collection of over 100 pinned insects. I needed to have 50 for one class and 75 for another class, but now if I find a really cool bug, I’ll keep it as a pet and then pin it once it dies. I’m part entomologist, so I swear it’s not weird!

*cringes* Nope, not weird at all. Now I'm wondering what kinds of cool looking insects there are...

What is your favorite food?
LILLIE: I’m very fond of my heritage’s culture (Chinese and Italian), so I’m gonna have to say lasagna and chicken sambal, but also satay and chicken curry with roti canai.

*high fives* I love Chinese and Italian cuisine as well (okay, I'm Chinese, too). Consider me a little biased.

SHARI: I absolutely LOVE chocolate-covered strawberries. I especially love it when they’re made with white chocolate. Yum! (Excuse me while I salivate now.) Funny coincidence: The company Shari’s Berries. How did they know?!

OMG, DELICIOUS. And to make it worse, I just ate chocolate-covered pretzels.

What are some backlist titles on your must read list this year?
LILLIE: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows! I’ve wanted to read a Jodi Meadows book for quite a while now, so I really hope I get to it this year!

I'm not a huge fan of Incarnate, but I am looking at her new series. Plus, the covers are just gorgeous.

SHARI: These are my top three: 1) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 2) Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and 3) City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

I honestly don't remember if I read City of Ember, but if I did, it was probably awesome. I haven't actually watched the movie, though.

Sophia solemnly swears she is up to no good. Name three villains you would totally conspire mischief with and why.
LILLIE: The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy, Bellatrix from Harry Potter, and Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites. This bunch of incredibly scary all together and I would not fit in at all, but I’m willing to try. I’d want to conspire mischief with the Darkling because he’s dark (literally) and brooding, to be honest. And he’s definitely not too harsh on the eyes. Bellatrix is just known for being sneaky and cunning, so I think she would have a great time leading us through whatever crazy plan we decided on. Adelina will just be Adelina raise terror in everyone we meet. Talk about a great time.

Not a bad plan at all, Lillie! *tips evil hat off to you* Perhaps a villainous future is in store for you. :3

SHARI: I would totally conspire with the Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. He manages to get things done and he is pretty indestructible. I think he would help my villainous plans flourish. The Commandant from Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. That woman is awful. I would need her by my side to carry out cruel and unusual punishments. And Amarantha from Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses because she has this cleverness and coolness to her that I would definitely need to be villainous.

*shudders at the mention of the Commandant* Yeah... moving on.

What are some books publishing this year that you can't wait to read?
LILLIE: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and Dreamology by Lucy Keating. Also all those 2016 debuts man, they look amazing!

I couldn't agree more – I swear I'm falling more and more behind with all of these amazing releases coming this year! (I'm currently a self-proclaimed banned Netgalley user until my reading list has gotten smaller.)

SHARI: Too many books! Here’s a shortened priority list (in no particular order): Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, The Last Star by Rick Yancey, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I couldn't agree more! <3 (See More Above)

What are some of your favorite reads since you began blogging? Before blogging?
LILLIE: Blogging introduced me to the Throne of Glass series, which I absolutely adore. It also introduced me to the Grisha trilogy, which is now one of my favorite trilogies, and the Lunar Chronicles, which blew my mind. I always knew which books I wanted to read, but I never got to them. Blogging really helped me push through that pesky TBR list! Before blogging my favorite reads included the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and of course, Harry Potter!

My TBR list is still growing. Tell me your secrets of conquering this list. o_o

SHARI: Before I started my blog, I fell for Tahereh Mafi’s lyrical prose in the Shatter Me series. The words, the characters, the story—they all make me want to cry happy tears. I also miss the characters from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series. I swooned over those boys. (If only Freeform chose to base the TV show off of that series instead of The Mortal Instruments…*sigh*) Since I started blogging, you can see for yourself on my blog that I raved over Angelfall by Susan Ee, A Court of Thorns and Roses, The 5th Wave, and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I adored those stories.

I think Shadowhunters is thinking of involving the Infernal Devices later on in the series – I'm guessing around Season 3 or 4 or later? – but this is based off of my memory, so I don't know if this is a true statement. I might have based this off the movie edition where they might have mentioned had the movie been successful and it continued, The Infernal Devices would have been introduced by the third movie or shortly after. Don't quote me on that, but let's hope it is! Also, you'll be great with Lupe – she loves Shatter Me as well, and constantly bugs me to read it!

Shari is the blogger behind YA Book Monster. Other than her blog, you can find her on Twitter!

Lillie is the blogger behind Little Lillie Reads. Other than her blog, you can find her on Twitter and Goodreads!

Stop by Nori's blog next Monday to meet another fabulous blogger and a guest post from them!


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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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