Four Signs That You've Become A Book Blogger

I know what you are probably thinking, how could you possibly not know if you are a book blogger or not?! But let's think on the off-chance that you do forget. Sometimes things creep up on you! You never know.

So here are Four Signs That You've Become A Book Blogger

1. You constantly check your email.
You can't help but refresh your inbox every half hour or blatantly stare at your email account, willing for something new and exciting to show up. A review request from an author? A promo request from a publicist? A response to an ARC request email? A publicity email? A blog tour invite? The possibilities are endless! All you know is that suddenly checking your email has become a new, compulsive pastime for you.

Meet the Newbies: Stephanie Garber

Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Since Caraval sold I've had the immense pleasure of getting to know Stephanie, and she is truly a remarkable person. She's so kind and funny, and I absolutely love talking about books with her. Her road to publication shows her strength and perseverance, and I'm in awe. Having read her debut, I can honestly say that Caraval is one of my all-time favorites, and I will push this book on everyone. Here is Stephanie Garber!


Author Most Likely To Get Lost Inside Her Own Imagination
Nickname: Teffer (Because when she was very young she had speech difficulties and could not pronounce her own name)
First Day of School: January 31, 2017
Homeroom: Flatiron/Macmillan (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Grade: Fantasy
Extracurricular Activities: Bike riding, Baking, Adventure-making
Favorite Class: Writing Lessons From The Movie: Back To The Future
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active; if the door wasn't opened to it, it jumped out the window." -Henry James, the Portrait of a Lady

Meet the Newbies: Jenny Moyer

Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Flashfall has been on my radar ever since I heard of its sale through PW. And oh what a wonderful pitch it has: "Pitched as Red Rising for teens, the story tells of a girl who, with her people, is forced to mine terrifying tunnels for precious metal in return for freedom, only to realize that they've been betrayed." How cool does that sound?! Jenny is tremendously sweet as well; introducing... Jenny Moyer!

Author Most Likely to Marry Her High School Sweetheart (I did! ; )

Nickname: Dreamer
First Day of School: November 15, 2016
Homeroom: Henry Holt
Grade: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Extracurricular Activities: Flying, Acting, Singing, Show Choir, Shelter Animal Cuddler
Favorite Class: Daydreaming . . . er, study hall
Favorite Quote/Motto:  Dream Big

2016 Favorites and TBR


It's been awhile since I've done Top Ten Tuesday, and I really liked the past two prompts, so I'm combining the two and posting on a Friday! Which books are my favorites of 2016? Which books do I have on my 2016 TBR?

It was so hard to narrow down my favorite reads of 2016 so far, but these are the top 5!

Meet the Newbies: Erin Summerill

Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Erin is someone I've so enjoyed getting to know over the past year. She's so funny, energetic, generous, and talented. Have you seen her gorgeous pictures?! Have you read her exhilarating fantasy debut novel, Ever the Hunted? Here is.... Erin Summerill!!

Author Most Likely to Overdose on Candy and Coke Zero
Nickname: Ere-Bear
First Day of School: December 27th 2016
Homeroom: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Grade: Young Adult Fantasy
Extracurricular Activities: Wedding Photographer, Fitness Instructor
Favorite Class: Orchestra
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.” or “Suck it up.”

Meet the Newbies: Tom Crosshill


Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Tom's debut novel, The Cat King of Havana, sounds like loads of fun and perfect to read this summer.  Cuba, nerds, cats, salsa lessons? I'm in! Tom himself seems like such a fascinating person with diverse interests, did you know he even did a TEDx Talk video?? Here is Tom Crosshill!

Author Most Likely to Break into a Spontaneous Dance Number
Nickname: The Last Catbender
First Day of School: September 6, 2016
Homeroom: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Grade: Mainstream
Extracurricular Activities: Salsa dancing, unlikely romance, and feline videography
Favorite Class: AP Catrobatics
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." ― Marilyn Monroe

Debut Bash: Erin Summerill


I was thrilled when the lovely bloggers of YA Reads asked me to join their 2016 Debut Bash and host the inimitable and glorious Erin Summerill, author of Ever the Hunted. Check out the full schedule here.

I love both Erin and her debut novel. To pull from my review: "Ever the Hunted is a gorgeous, sweeping fantasy novel that I quickly sped through. Erin weaves a story rife with intrigue and magical components that draw readers in from the start." - Rachel

Today Erin shares a beautiful and imaginative Pinterest board with photos inspired by Ever the Hunted. 

Blog Tour: Thank God It's Monday!

Jessica Brody's latest book, A Week of Mondays, is about a girl who keeps repeating Monday until she gets it right. In preparation for the release of her book, for the next few Mondays I'll be posting about this book and some fun shenanigans! 

ARC Review: And I Darken

Author: Kiersten White
Series: The Conquerors Saga #1
Genre: YA Historical/Fantasy
Page Length: 496 Pages
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC 
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NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Meet the Newbies: Janet McNally


Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Whenever I find a book that incorporates music, I instantly add it to my TBR. Janet's debut, Girls in the Moon, has that and more to attract readers. And look at the beautiful cover of her book (pictured below). Here is Janet McNally!

Author Most Likely To Make You a Playlist (and Then Make You Listen to it Three Times in a Row!)


Nickname: Birdie
First Day of School: November 29, 2016
Homeroom: HarpenTeen
Grade: Contemporary
Extracurricular Activities: Ballet/jazz/tap, running track until my dance teacher makes me quit, avoiding practicing the flute
Favorite Class: English, for sure, and maybe one where we just sit around listening to records
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Secrets are just stories turned inside out." (From Girls in the Moon)

Helene Aquilla Appreciation Week

Today Bustle revealed an exclusive excerpt of A Torch Against the Night from Helene's point of view. 
You should go check it out! 

I started reading Torch last weekend, and I'm really enjoying it so far. It's bloody and vicious to the core, and there are still so many complications and problems as Laia attempts to complete her mission. Some of the scenes that Sabaa writers are simply incredible! We meet some new characters, and the plot thickens exponentially. 

Meet the Newbies: Aditi Khorana


Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Aditi's book is another debut I am highly excited to read this year. I heard about it right after the PW book deal announcement, and I was hooked from the very first pitch. Add a thought-provoking detailed synopsis and a beautiful cover, and we have a winner! Introducing... Aditi Khorana! :)

Author Most Likely To Be Reading Novels Under Her Desk in Class

Nickname: Brooder
First Day of School: June 21st, 2016
Homeroom: Razorbill/Penguin
Grade: Speculative/Contemporary Fiction
Extracurricular Activities: Swim Team, Astronomy Club, Amnesty International, Debate Team
Favorite Class: Philosophy
Favorite Quote/Motto: "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." --T.S. Eliot

Shira Glassman: Diverse Reads 2016


Hi bookworms, this is Mishma! :)

In case you didn't know, I run a challenge called Diverse Reads 2016 over at my blog Chasing Faerytales. I co host it with Shelly and since June is Pride Month, we're featuring more exclusive LGBT lit content on our blogs to celebrate LGBT novels!

Today, I am extending the celebration to APCB as well, and let me introduce you all to Shira Glassman, whose the author of many LGBT and ethnically diverse novels including the Mangoverse series.

Forgotten Favorites


Whenever I have a book hangover or a book slump, I like to turn to some of my favorite books to help get out of it. Recently I've been looking back at my Goodreads shelves and thought about the 'forgotten favorites,' the books I read long ago and enjoyed. I liked these books, but they've been pushed aside and out of my mind by newer favorite books! So I thought I'd just revisit some of these old favorites through rereads and showcasing them here.

Meet the Newbies: Adriana Mather


Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Adriana's debut How to Hang a Witch is definitely one of my most anticipated books of 2016! I visited Salem, Massachusetts, and it was such a creepy and mysterious place. I'm utterly fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials and all the strange activity surrounding the area many years later. Introducing the lovely author of this modern day, Salem-Witch associated book... Here is Adriana Mather!

Author Most Likely to Have a Secret Nickname


Nickname: Adri
First Day of School: July 26, 2016
Homeroom: Knopf/Random House
Grade: Contemporary YA with a pinch of magic and witchery
Extracurricular Activities: Sarcasm, Cats, Spells, Handsome boy ghosts, Pastries, Halloween
Favorite Class: Salem History
Favorite Quote/Motto: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~ L.M Montgomery


An Ember in the Ashes: eHarmony Profiles


An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite reads of 2015! I'm thrilled to join Penguin in promoting the highly anticipated sequel A Torch Against the Night. In preparation for Torch's release, Penguin is hosting an AEITA reread! So today I am reposting one of my favorite AEITA promo posts from last summer where I ask four AEITA characters to answer eHarmony questions. Perhaps this will jog your memory of the characters before you start your AEITA reread! 

What are each of our characters looking for? Today I share some eHarmony questions and answers from Elias, Helen, Laia, and Keenan.

Blog Tour: Please Don't Tell

I'm thrilled to join the blog tour for Laura Tims' debut PLEASE DON'T TELL. I've meet this lovely author in person, and I can't wait to read her novel! Today I share an interview with her :)

Author: Laura Tims
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 24th, 2016
Page Length: 352

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Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.

In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.

Meet the Newbies: Jeff Zentner


Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Jeff is a hilarious person and an exceptional author. If you do not follow him on Twitter then you are definitely missing out! Presenting... Jeff Zentner!

Author Most Likely to Make a Joke That He Privately Laughs at Until His Sides Ache and Literally Not One Other Person Finds Funny


Nickname: Cupcake
First Day of School: March 8, 2016
Homeroom: Crown/Random House
Grade: Contemporary YA
Extracurricular Activities: Brooding, auto repair, cross-stitch
Favorite Class: Swordplay
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...you can't fool me again."

May Wrap-Up


I know I say this every month, but WOW! May is over. My last day of school is this Friday, June 3rd. It's surreal. As I look back on this month, there were lots of grueling AP exams and tedious final projects, but overall this last full month of senior year has been amazing. I'll miss high school, but I'm even more excited for college!