Now Announcing…Wandering the Pages!

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Hello my lovelies! Today, I am happy to announce to all of you readers that I am starting another blog! This has been in the works for months and I have been dying to announce it. This separate blog will be run by myself and my fellow co-bloggers, Em from Piplup’s Shadowy Bookshelf and Duane from Duane Reads. If you haven’t realized already, the name of our blog is Wandering the Pages!

If you are wondering why I’ve decided to start this separate blog with my co-bloggers (honestly it is so cool to have co-bloggers) it is because I wanted to spread myself out more in the blogging universe. I will be posting on this new blog every Wednesday! The official launch day is May 1st.

We also have a group twitter account! Please go check that account out! We are @wanderthepage. Oh my gosh, as I’m writing this everything just feels so real. I can’t believe that I’m doing this. This is a really big jump for me, mostly because I just, I remember when I started my first blog. How inexperienced I was and everything, and now, I’m starting another blog with some of my closest friends? It really just blows my mind.

Anyone who currently reads this blog doesn’t need to follow or even read Wandering the Pages, but I really just wanted to tell you all. I am just SOOO excited. Can you tell? Seriously, I am just so excited to start writing posts. Thank you so much for all the support you guys have given me here. I read every single comment left there, and I need to respond to them quite desperately. I will I promise! Anyways, ahhhhh I can’t wait! Hope you guys are excited for the launch of the new blog!

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The BFF Book Tag

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Thank you Jocelyn from 52 Letters in the Alphabet for tagging me! 🙂 If you guys don’t follow her blog, I recommend you do follow her blog! She has fun posts to read and Jocelyn is just a sweet person in general so following her blog shouldn’t be too much of a problem!


SETTING THE EXAMPLE: A PAIR/GROUP OF BOOK BFFS THAT YOU LOVE

Definitely Tessa, Will, and Jem. Though there is romance between like all of them, all of them are best friends. You can see it so well. And Jem and Will have such a sstrong Parabatai bond and are so loyal to each other. Tessa would never betray either one of them and – oh god I’m getting tingles as I write this – they are all just so close and amazing friends. #BFFS4EVER

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CHILDHOOD BESTIE: WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO GROW UP WITH?

Mackenzie Bishop. Mackenzie from The Archived trilogy would be my best friend. Her character is just so cool and her personality, I love it. If she was real, we would definitely be besties. Except the part about where she doesn’t read…but I would be sure to change that.

FRENEMY: WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD BRING OUT YOUR COMPETITIVE SIDE?

I’m not sure, probably a really arrogant book character. Someone like Jace or Will I think. Both are super sarcastic and arrogant and arrogant people piss me off. So I would probably want to beat them even more. I’m a really competitive person normally though

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FASHION GURU: WHO WOULD BE THE BESTIE WHOSE CLOSET YOU’D WANT TO RAID OR YOU WOULD WANT TO GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE WITH?

Definitely Blue! Blue has such cool clothes, I love all of her outfits. They are really unique and vintage looking. I’ve tried to copy her style before, but I’m pretty sure only Blue can wear her style.

THE BAD INFLUENCE: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU WANT TO COMMIT A SMALL ACT OF REBELLION WITH?

Alexandria Andros from the Covenant Series. Alex is the epitome of rebel. If I was going to break some rules, then it would be with Alex.

BLOOD BROTHERS: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU WANT TO BE YOUR SURROGATE BIG BROTHER/SISTER?

Hmm, this can’t be any of my book boyfriends. 🙂 I would have to say The Dragon from Uprooted. I loved his character and would totally want him as a big brother. He was really mean at first, but his sweet side was kind and that is what I liked about him.

MOTHER HEN: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU WANT TO  BE BY YOUR SIDE WHEN YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY TO CHEER YOU UP?

Wesley Ayer’s for sure. Wesley is definitely the type of character that would cheer me up. He’s so sweet and it’s hard to describe him really. But I know for sure his fun and kind personality would cheer me up nearly instantly.

THE COUNSELOR: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU GO TO FOR RELATIONSHIP ADVICE OR CONFIDE A SECRET TO?

Kylie Galen. Kylie was the relationship advice giver in her book series, Shadow Falls. I can definitely trust her and I think she would be a good friend to go to for relationship advice or just someone to talk to.
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MORE THAN FRIENDS: WHO WOULD BE YOUR BOOK BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND?

Um…there are too many to list. But the first person who comes to mind is most certainly Rowan Whitethorn. 🙂


I Tag:

Em at Piplup’s Shadowy Bookshelf
Duane at Duane Reads
Alexandra at Literary Legionnaire

I also tag any newbie book bloggers (1-4 months)!

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How to Ride a Bike || Review » Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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Along for the Ride
By Sarah Dessen
Release Date: 6/16/09
Published by Viking Books
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
Page 383

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MY RATING: 4 STARS

Goodreads Description
It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
IMG_2261Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen is one of those happy books. Though the story is the very epitome of cliche, we all have to admit we love a good cliche story every once in a while. Along for the Ride is about insomniac Auden as she experiences everything a teenager is required to experience, all within one summer. With help from fellow insomniac, Eli, Auden must learn the life of carefree teenager while Eli must cope with a guilt from his past.

Being a contemporary novel, the summer is the best time to read Along for the Ride. The plot well paced with touches of romance, the reader is kept hooked. Throughout the story, Auden experiences everything from food fights, all the way to crushes. All of Dessen’s novels do have a darker tone to them, an enjoyable characteristic not only in Along for the Ride but all all of her other works.

Auden’s character is unique. She is intelligent, and completely capable of herself. She is for sure not one of those girl characters that falls head over heels with any random said love interest and bam, story’s over. Auden is hesitant, she isn’t a danger seeking weirdo, she clearly has flaws left over from her parents divorce and she can’t ride a bike. Eli’s character is also very much his own. He intends to spend time with Auden and give her the “teenage experience” and he genuinely cares for her. Basically, he is a sweet guy with problems of his own. The fact that he has problems too was really likable because it shows that guys have issues too. It isn’t always the girl.

Being mainly a reader of fantasy and paranormal fiction, contemporary is not my usual go to. But I absolutely adored Along for the Ride. I highly recommend it to preteen readers, though everyone should read it. The writing was well written and the story told of friendship, romance and “finding yourself.” I know it sounds the epitome of sob story, wannabe Nicholas Sparks or whatever. But I swear to you, Along for the Ride is its own unique contemporary novel.

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The Time I Met the Outlander Cast

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Today I’m gonna be telling all you lovelies about the time I met the Outlander cast. Specifically, I met Diana Gabaldon, the author of the Outlander series, Sam Heughan (Jamie), Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Maril Davis (Executive Producer) and Ronald D Moore (Director).

That day was an amazing day.

The day started off at four in the morning. The afternoon before my family and I had heard that at a certain booth they would be handing out exactly 90 tickets to the Outlander signing. It was first come first serve. The exhibition center opened at 7AM but you could get in line whenever you wanted. We got in line at 4AM and sat there. In line. For a very long time.

Not only was it long, but it was really stressful. I was planning the quickest way to get to the booth. The best way to cut through crowds. And how to avoid security because they wouldn’t let you run. Let me get something straight real quick, eventually the “line” becomes one huge blob in front of two escalators and then they slowly let us down the escalators to the exhibition hall AKA the Floor.

Since we were in a big blob, I had my eyes out for the people around me. The people that looked like they were here also here to get Outlander tickets. Then my eyes swept over the crowd and landed upon this group middle aged woman holding cardboard Jamie Fraser heads. I was on to them. But a few minutes later, 3 more middle aged women came and CUT in line. THEY CUT IN LINE. I was beyond pissed. But then again, there wasn’t anything I really could do.

Flashing forward, they finally let us go down. I’m trying my best to cut through the crowd. Trying my best to cut through the little cheat old woman. And once I got downstairs I went by myself and let my mom and dad catch up because I could speed walk faster than they could. As I was walking I spotted a guy that was in front of me in line before they even let us go down. He was also trying to get a ticket to the Outlander signing. I figured I would follow him because, well, he knew what he was doing. So basically I was stalking this guy all the way to the booth.

I finally get to the booth, there’s a HUGE line already for the tickets. I might get a ticket. I might not at this point. But might as well try right? So I get in line and then this lady comes walking down the line saying that they are SOLD OUT of tickets.

I was shocked. I didn’t understand. How could this be happening? There was no way that within a couple minutes, all the tickets could be gone. Why? Because in line, I was close to the front, really close. And there was just no way.

Everyone disperses in disappointment.

Then I see my mom and I tell her that they ran out tickets. Then my mom yells at the booth lady for a little bit. HAHA that was pretty funny. Then my mom found one of the security directors and explained the situation to her. The woman completely agreed, we ended up giving her our phone number and email while she tried to work something out.

And let me tell you.

I was pissed off.

It was more I didn’t really understand what had happened either. If you guys don’t know, I have a huge obsession with Outlander. Like seriously, I love it so much. But since we didn’t get tickets I was kind of disappointed and angry at the same time. Mostly because I had put so much effort into making sure we got tickets and then when we hadn’t, I was kind of just…done.

Well, I wasn’t actually done. Because we were at San Diego Comic Con. You can never be done there. The day went on. We did stuff, walked around. Bought stuff. I picked up like 30 ARCs from the publishing booths, etc.

Since I couldn’t go to the Outlander signing, we decided to go to the Outlander Panel. It was better than nothing and it would be cool to see. It was cool, really cool. Also really scary, you have no idea how many people had cardboard Jamie Fraser heads…

Before the panel began though, my mom got a text. DUHN DUHN DUHN. The security director had managed to get us one ticket to the signing. All we had to do was show up to the booth before the signing and tell another security guy who we were and he would tell us what to do.

I was ecstatic. I was the happiest girl alive. I was going to meet the Outlander Cast. We sat and watched the panel and 15 minutes before the panel ended, we left to go to the booth to get ready for the signing.

I’m gonna fast forward to the part where the signing began. We were all standing in line. Since I didn’t have an actual ticket, the guy who was organizing the signing put a giant black sharpie checkmark and his initials on my hand. This was my “ticket”. Unfortunately no one believed it was my ticket. We had to call the organizing guy over whenever someone asked me where my ticket was.

Let me tell you…I was so nervous. What was I going to say? Would I totally start fangirling? Would I die of embarrassment? Would I start blushing at random points?

To sum it up, I was a big freaking mess.

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The actors would not be signing the book. They were instead signing an exclusive mini poster thing. I got in line and met Diana Gabaldon first. She was really sweet and probably thinking: wtf is a fourteen year old doing reading/watching Outlander. Then I met Sam and well…he’s Sam. He was really nice too and his Scottish accent was really strong so once I had to ask what he had said. That was where I died of embarrassment. Mind you, I was struggling to keep my cool photo IMG_0949_zpsmfxmfylu.jpg this entire time. Then I moved to Caitriona. She was asked me what my name was and I said Claire. This was pretty awkward because in Outlander, if you don’t know, Cait plays the character Claire Fraser. At first she didn’t realize what I had said, and then she smiled and said it was a beautiful name. Then I moved to the producer and director of the show. They didn’t say much. In fact, I don’t remember them saying anything.

Once I left the signing table, my hands were shaking. I had just talked to like, actual stars. It was very intense. To this day, whenever I think about it I get all weird and smile a lot.

And that, was the day I met the Outlander Cast.

 

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Guest Post! » Contemporary Recommendations ft. Breanna from Recommends Book

Hey guys! I’m Breanna and I blog over at Recommends Book. I’ve been blogging since December 2015 and it’s been super fun. I love reading (obviously, I do have a book blog) and binge watching TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy anybody?). I enjoy doing challenging math problems and making cheesy science jokes because I’m that person.

I know that some people don’t read a lot of contemporaries. I didn’t really like them until I found a few that I fell in love with and now it’s my favourite genre to read.

If you are unsure about what contemporary means, here is the Merriam-Webster definition:
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These are my eight favourite contemporary novels/ series that I think you will love. Just remember while reading this that a contemporary novel does not need to have romance in it.

Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
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I read this book in one day and the sequel in a few hours. It’s so addicting (just like every other book written by Gayle Foreman) and you’ll be broken if you finish the series without reading the epilogue novella. If you are looking for a book to make you happy this is for you.

Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd

 

If you look at free ya ebooks on ibooks or kobo you’ve probably seen this book. It’s good for anyone looking for a summer romance, not so perfect people and teens with almost no rules then this is the book for you. I literally consumed the first three books in this series and the only reason I didn’t continue was because I don’t like spending a lot of money on ebooks.
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“The Circus Arrives Without Warning.” || Review » The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
Release Date: 9/13/11
Published by Double Day
Genre(s): Magic, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Page: 512

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MY RATING: 4 STARS 

Goodreads Description
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

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The Night Circus was definitely one of the most descriptive reads I have ever read. Throughout the entirety of the book, I could practically taste the food being described and see the magic in my mind as clear as day. Everything within The Night Circus was just splendid. The writing was fantastic. As I said before, the writing was descriptive and full. I honestly didn’t expect the writing to be so amazing, but it was. With descriptive words, Morgenstern has a way with weaving together an intricate mystery within her words.
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Guest Post! » What Makes a Good Book? ft Olivia from Curly Hair Bibliophile

Hi everyone! My name is Liv, and my personal blog is curlyhairbibliophile.wordpress.com. I have curly hair and I love to read (hence my blog name.) I love writing, reading, and traveling. I also love grammar, tea, cats, and the internet. I’ve been reading YA books for about four years, and I’ve been blogging for a couple months. I live in the North Texas area with my family, my dog, and my cat. You can reach me on my blog (see above), my Goodreads (curlyhairbibliophile), or my twitter (Grangerliv).
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(This is what I look like!)

I used to rate most of my books 5/5 stars on Goodreads. Recently, I’ve re-evaluated many of the books to think: “Is this really a five star read?” More than not, the answer I replied with was no. Most of the books I read are about 3.5-4/5 stars. That is obviously still a good rating. About a month ago, I wrote a guest post about DNF books. (With the help of Claire) I started thinking: what makes a ‘good’ book?

  • The Topic

If I’m interested in the synopsis, I’ll probably enjoy the book! One of my  photo IMG_2180_zpsxlcit358.jpgfavorite things to do is to read a book that is outside of my usual genre. It’s one of my favorite things to do because I usually end of loving it.

  • The Writing

One thing I love about reading books by new authors is seeing how their writing styles are different from the other authors I’ve read. For me, I love the writing styles that are in contemporary books. Writing styles that are really dynamic and bubbly hold my attention more.
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