Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Featuring Lizzie from Big Books and Grande Lattes

 photo N1VwnSkI_zpsdx88yf6i.jpgHello everyone! Today, Lizzie and I are each going to be doing our own little mini discussions on a certain trope we have picked. Lizzie and I had a hard time thinking of an idea so this just happened to come to mind! I am so excited to share with you all what we came up with! 🙂

FullSizeRender (20)

Hey everyone! I’m Lizzie from “http://www.bigbooksandgrandelattes.blogspot.com/” Big Books and Grande Lattes, and I’m excited to be here for the Summer Blog Promo Tour! Today I’m going to talk about one of my least favorite tropes: the manwhore/player guy.

I know plenty of people love this type of character. When he meets the love of his life, he decides to completely change his sleeping around ways and become totally monogamous with just girl. This girl is just super special enough to make him want to change his ways right after they meet.

*eye roll*

The reason why I don’t like it is because it doesn’t seem realistic. The fact that this one girl can completely change this guy’s personality seems far-fetched. He’s the type of guy that takes pride in his looks and his way with women. I don’t think there are many young men that would choose to stop having fun and commit to just one when they’ve essentially been told they can be with any woman.

Another reason that I don’t like it is because the girl is typically the virginal, wide-eyed sweet girl who’s never had a boyfriend. I feel like it perpetuates the idea that it’s okay for men to have sexual experience, but not for women. That women must stay innocent until they meet “The One.” With this, there can be subtle (or not so subtle) slut-shaming, especially when there is a rival love interest or former flame. I know that some girls do believe in waiting until they meet the perfect guy, but there’s no need to judge girls who don’t feel the same way. What kind of message does this give?

Overall, I think the reason I hate this trope so much is because I’ve interacted with so many guys that are like this. It gets annoying having to deal with their egos and boasting about how many girls they’ve been with. I hardly ever see it the other way around, and I think that would be a nice shake up to this trope, even if it can be annoying.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour!


Hi guys! Claire here, and I want to talk to you guys about one trope I do like. I like the love triangle trope. And I know just about everyone in the book community hates love triangles, clearly I’m a rarity because I love them.

The main reason why I like them is because they are unrealistic. As a reader, I know they are unrealistic and I’m not looking for my very own love triangle in the future, but reading one is always nice. Mostly because of its unrealistic ways, when I read, I want to read about the impossible and the rarities. Not stuff that happens everyday, I see it everyday already and don’t need to see it even more in the stories I read.

Though love triangles are becoming less common, and the few that are still being written are written quite well, I want to point out that the infamous love triangle has evolved. It has evolved into something more…dun dun duuuuuun! I present to you, The Love Square. Oh yes ladies and gentlemen, the love square is a thing and that is absolutely what I am calling it. Many readers have spotted more than two characters pining over another.

Some people argue that love triangles are too cheesy and are unrealistic. But every reader needs a little fluff in their life. Love triangles are one of the main providers of fluff and I think they can even benefit to the story in some ways.

FullSizeRender (20)

Lizzie’s Contact Info

Blog: Big Books and Grande Lattes
Twitter: @LizzieSarcastic
Instagram: lizziesarcastic

What do you guys think about these tropes? Let me know down below in the comments! 🙂

IMG_2937

The Two Essential to a Good Book

What makes a book good or not? Is it the writing? The characters? Maybe the plot? Well, I’m going to be clear with you right now, a book is good when it has good characters and a good plot. And I don’t mean plot talking pacing wise, I’m talking, is the plot well developed? Is it intriguing? All that good stuff.

1. A Good Plot

A book needs a good plot. Out of the two, I would probably say this is more important because, well…why read a book if it is no good? Or the story sucks? It doesn’t do the reader any good. Sure, the writing might be bad, and to us crazy readers that criticize each and every mistake in a work yeah that might really make us not like the book. But to any other NORMAL (notice how I use the term normal) reader, a good story and it is a good book. I remember plenty of books I loved 2 years ago that now looking back I really don’t actually like them. Because the writing was bad and just soooo cheesy….

2. Good Characters

Likable characters is really important. If you don’t have characters a reader doesn’t like, then the reader really doesn’t give an actual f*ck about what happens to the character. Am I right? I mean, let’s be honest here, I could care less about Eadlyn in The Heir. She was not a nice girl. Secondly, the character needs to also be well written, if they are flat as a board and have like one goal in the entirety of the novel and THAT IS IT. Literally, nothing more to their character, then yes of course I’m not really going to like them much. Why? Because there is nothing else to know about!

FullSizeRender (20)

This was really a mini post but I thought I might bring it up anyway. What do you think is essential to a good book? Do you agree with me? Disagree? Let me know down below in the comments!

IMG_2937

Discussion // Having Collections of Books

IMG_2941

We are all book collectors, we buy books, read them, covet them and all the rest. I’m sure your room is filled with books, and I mean filled, books everywhere. But when does this “collection” get out of hand?

Today I’m gonna be talking about my opinion of book collections. Are they unnecessary? When does a book become so loved by the reader that a collection needs to be made? And what editions make up these collections? I haven’t seen any discussions regarding this topic and I really wanted to see what you guys think about collections. Also, so sorry for the absence this week guys, I’ve had summer school 6 hours a day and it has been a huge pain in the butt. That along with volleyball two hours a day leaves no time for nothing!

Let’s get to this!

FullSizeRender (20)

I think there are two types of collections. There are the collectors who want the simple finished copies, usually both the US hardback and paperback and ARCs of the series. Those are usually the collectors I see around in the book community.

Then we have the hardcore collectors that have at least 2-3 copies of each book in the series. The ARC edition, all the US editions and foreign editions. Here are some examples of collections of books.

INSERT PICTURE

I personally think any type of collection is okay. Reading and having books is a hobby for all of us. But I do think that when someone is “desperately” in search of a UK edition of a book when they already have a US edition AND the book is not out yet…sorry, I think you can wait.

We have to remember that ARCs are publicity tools, if you have more than one ARC before the book is released and you have no intention of giving it away or whatever, that is one less reader who can review an upcoming book.

The people that have intense collections, like more than 20 books of the same series in different languages and editions and all that jazz…I think that is really cool. I am always really impressed by those of you. I think having a collection of a book or series is something to be proud of and if you love a book series enough, go at it!

But when does a book become so good that it earns the right to a collection?

I think a book earns the right to a collection when you could reread it over and over without tire. The book had a lasting impact on you as a person. Honestly for me, I don’t really have standards for a favorite. When I’m done, I just know it is my favorite. You set the book down and just sigh and you know. It’s kind of like how love is described…you just know. Hahaha…

When does a book collection get out of hand?

I don’t honestly think a book collection for a specific book or series is even possible. I mean we are all crazy already right? Why not add on to the craziness just a little more. As I said, there are so many people that have collections that are crazy extensive.

But going back to collecting ARCs, that isn’t a problem. Just be sure not to get greedy over one certain book, especially if the release date is far away.

Do I have any collections?

I don’t have any collections, or nothing I honestly would a consider a collection. I have three copies of Outlander which you can see in the picture. I was pretty close to buying another, but at some point, collections can become expensive. I don’t have a job. I don’t have money.

FullSizeRender (20)

Do you guys have any book collections? If so, what of? And in general, what do you think about the whole idea of having a book collection?

IMG_2937

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do or Learn About After Reading Them

I haven’t done TTT in a while so I’ve decided to start doing it selectively. Every now and then, you’ll see a TTT post here on my blog. Okay, well let’s get started! 🙂

1. Zip Lining

After reading Divergent by Veronica Roth, all I wanted to do was zip line. It sounded so cool and awesome, it is definitely something I have yet to do and I hope I can soon.

2. Appreciating Life More

After I read This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl I wanted to live life as fully as possible. I can easily say that book changed my life. It was so heartbreaking and moving. After reading Esther’s story I wanted to live life to its fullest.

3. Glendower

Um…yeah…so after reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater I was crazy obsessed with Glendower. I did a lot of research and really was interested in learning more about the Welsh king. Hehe…nope, I’m not sad at all. *runs*

4. Scottish History

After reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, I had a mini obsession with Scotland. I really wanted to learn more about the history of the clans and all of that stuff. I also really want to go to Scotland, it looks so beautiful and all the history there is mind blowing.

5. Fey Lore

After reading every fantasy book that exists practically, I wanted to learn more about fey lore. After reading about it in many fantasy books I wanted to learn more about many of the wives tales that were told long ago.

6. Greek Mythology

Are you guys catching a hint yet? Book clearly have made me interesting in folklore and mythology. After read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan I was obsessed with Greek mythology. That was all I did, I would read the myths, and do research, and oh gosh, the obsession was pretty bad.

7. Edward Teach

After reading Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman I researched Edward Teach AKA Blackbeard and connected all the dots and references in the book. Yes, I am that obsessed. DON’T JUDGE.

FullSizeRender (20)

That’s it for this week! I couldn’t think of anymore! I haven’t done TTT in a while…do you guys enjoy reading them? Let me know down below in the comments! 🙂

IMG_2937

 

 

July Uppercase Book Subscription Box Review!

img_3371
Hello everyone! The amazing Lisa Parkin, a blogger at Read Breath Relax sent me one of her lovely Uppercase boxes this month of July. I was over the moon excited for this gorgeous box.

The book of the month was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. A YA book that debuted at #1 on the NYT bestsellers list and is full of monsters and mayhem.

img_3359
Personally, I guessed that This Savage Song would be the lucky choice of the month as I had seen pictures of the Uppercase box wrapped up before they got sent off and I also knew that This Savage Song was definitely one of the top books of the month. It wasn’t too hard to guess. Fortunately for me, I had not yet picked up a finished copy of TSS and was glad to finally get my hands on it. On the other hand, I do know that many other people have already picked up this book and to add on to this, the people who also are subscribed to Owlcrate received This Savage Song as well.

img_3358

Within my box I received:

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Human or Monster? Pin
  • Fun set of bookish notepads/post its
  • Exclusive Uppercase Pencils with Bookish Sayings

I liked the pin, it is definitely cute and am probably going to end up putting it on my backpack for school. It is a simpler design and though I don’t know if it is exclusive or anything, but I do really like it.

I also really loved the bookish stationary. The notepad is hand because school is coming up (unfortunately) and it might come it handy. I also want to get into the habit of post it noting my favorite parts in books and these sticky notes will definitely be coming in handy. 

The pencils are very cute, though I don’t actually use the good old original pencil anymore, I like them for aesthetic purposes and bookstagram shots.

Overall, I really did like my box, I think book subscription boxes are great and it really can make your day. Though I do have to say I felt the special items within the box could have been better. I understand that Uppercase doesn’t cost as much as competitor book boxes and because of that, the items aren’t as high quality or whatever you would like to call it. But at the same time, I feel like these items though they might be helpful to me, they are also “shove in a drawer and forget about it” swag. Stuff that I could possible not use ever. I aim this mostly towards the pencils, though they are cute, I probably won’t ever actually use them.

I would probably rate this box around 3.75 stars out of 5, maybe 4 stars out of 5. I definitely recommend Uppercase to anyone looking for a book subscription box on the cheaper side, but at the same time, just remember you get what you pay for. I have gotten Uppercase before and I do like it, overall the brand is a solid 4.5-5 stars but this time it just fell short.

IMG_2937

 

 

Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Featuring Amanda from Brains, Books and Brawn!

 photo N1VwnSkI_zpsdx88yf6i.jpg

Hello guys! Today I have Amanda with us and dang, she is an awesome girl and today we have SHIPS! Yay! Today, Amanda and I will be sharing with you guys some of our favorite ships in YA. I love this concept so I’m very excited to share this with you guys. I had so much fun collaborating with Amanda and chatting with her! Also, go check out Amanda’s awesome blog, her SBPT post is featuring me today! A funny coincidence. 🙂

***ALL FANART BELONGS TO THE AMAZING ARTIST ***

FullSizeRender (20)

Amanda’s Top Ships

 photo an-ember-in-the-ashes-by-sabaa-tahir_zpsp6nngkry.jpg

LAIA and ELIAS – An Ember in the Ashes

For 99% of this book, I shipped each MC with two people. It was rough, my heart can not handle that much conflict! By the end of the book I thankfully had my one bright and shining ship and I will stand by Elias and Laia until the end. Stay safe, my babies.

77493_original
FEYRE and TAMLIN – A Court of Thorns and Roses

Okay so I’ve been told that ACOMAF will completely change this for me. I refuse to believe that. It can’t. I don’t dislike Rhys, I’m just not enough a fan of him to ship him with Feyre. I’m hoping to read the next installment ASAP and I’ll be sure to include my final ship verdict in my review/tweets/Goodreads flails. I don’t think it will change though. I ship hard, my friends!

22328546

MARE and CAL – Red Queen/Glass Sword

I do not want to hear anything about Maven. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. I will never ever ship those too. I’m so fiercely team Cal and Mare that it hurts. It legitimately hurts because they’re all over the place and I’m here like “NOW KISS!” I need them to end up together like I need air to breathe. Please be kind to my heart, Victoria.


Claire’s Top Ships

tumblr_static_wessa_avtar

TESSA and WILL – The Infernal Devices 

This is like the ultimate ship. I ship these two so hard, my shipper heart breaks. They are so adorable, and though The Infernal Devices does have a love triangle, it most certainly isn’t a petty triangle. Ugh this ship kills me in every way and I cannot wait to see even more of it in The Last Hours series.

0078f5f81c17b7abd15223a2a99611df

RHYSAND and FEYRE – A Court of Mist and Fury

I’m clearly the total opposite of Amanda because I am a hard shipper of Feyrhys. Though I have read ACOMAF already… Seriously, these two are just amazing. Sarah J Maas hit the mark on the romance in ACOMAF. And Rhys was like swoon worthy, like um excuse me, I have never heard of such a perfect book boyfriend. He treats Feyre so well. I really liked the relationship they had and still fangirl over him and go back and reread my favorite parts even after months. FANART BELONGS TO: http://taratjah.tumblr.com/

cover_ravenboys_300

BLUE and GANSEY – The Raven Cycle 

I mean considering the two were like destined to be together… Seriously, their love story is tragic as hell, but I still ship it so hard. Blue and Gansey are like iconic I swear they are! The end of The Raven King absolutely killed me but in the good way. And oh my gosh just…BLUE AND GANSEY FOREVERRRRRR.

FullSizeRender (20)

Thank you Amanda for the wonderful ships! Though I don’t actually ship any of these characters, I loved seeing your top favs! Guys definitely go check out Amanda’a awesome blog!

Amanda’s Contact Info

Blog: Brains, Books and Brawn
Twitter: @BBBblogCA
Instagram: _astav
Goodreads: amandastav

IMG_2937

IBC Class // A Guide to Requesting ARCs

Hi guys! I’ve been really busy and I wanted to get something out to you guys and last weekend I went live on Youtube and filmed a video about requesting ARCs. I am so sorry I look totally stoned, it isn’t my fault. It’s the lighting. Teehee! 🙂 Watch and enjoy! If you have any questions comment and I will be sure to answer them!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MY VIDEO!

IMG_2937

My Favorite Reads of 2016 So Far!

Hello guys! Today I will be sharing with you some of my favorite reads of 2016 so far. I probably should have posted something like this in June but I was really busy in June so July it is! These reads will be books I have read in 2016, some of them might be ARCs that are released a later time.

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber was mindblowing. Absolutely fantastic, I could talk about it forever. Everything about Caraval stunned me, from the world building to the characters, this book had no faults. I highly recommend Caraval to any reader who loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern, or any reader really. Caraval was easily one of the best reads I’ve read this year.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Do I need to explain? All Sarah J Maas books are amazing, but A Court of Mist and Fury was probably one of her best works. It was heartbreaking, and magical and full of action and…and – I just can’t. This book blew my mind. If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet go. Go right now, you won’t want to miss out on this series.

3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Though Nevernight was a really advanced read, it was still very good. I was extrememly impressed by the story and characters especially. Nevernight is a read with a world unlike any I’ve read about before and with a concept quite unique. I highly recommend this book.

4. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The conclusion to Stiefvater’s series was amazing. It gave me the tingles and the feels so bad, seriously. The end of the book killed me. Gansey’s fate, Blue, Adam, Ronan, some of my favorite characters ever, I loved reading about them one final time. The Raven King did not disappoint.

5. A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows was better than A Darker Shade of Magic. There was no second book slump. This book impressed me, with new characters, and delving deeper into the histories of old characters. I finished this entire book in one day.

FullSizeRender (20)

What were some of your favorites of this year? Have you read any of my favorites? Tell me down below in the comments! Thank you for reading!

IMG_2937

Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Featuring Katie from Katie Bibliophile

 photo N1VwnSkI_zpsdx88yf6i.jpg
Hello guys! Another fun SBPT post this Sunday! I don’t know if you noticed, but last week I did not feature anyone because the girl who was supposed to be featured failed to respond to any of my emails or tweets. Her loss! This week we have the amazing Katie from Katie Bibliophile! I have had a lot of fun working with Katie and today she will be answering a tag that I created! 🙂

FullSizeRender (20)

Hi everyone! I’m Katie at Bibliophile and today I am going to do Claire’s new tag: The Book Endings Tag. I will try to express my thoughts without spoiling you! Thanks for stopping by Claire’s blog and follow her and the other ladies in the tour for more content!

Name one book that had an amazing story but had the worst ending:

Atonement by Ian McEwan. This ending pissed me off on so many levels. I couldn’t care how great of a writer McEwan is because I could not get past the deplorable characters he created. Briony is probably one of my most hated characters. Once you read the book you will know why!

A book that has a sad but meaningful or deep ending:

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I won’t go too much into the plot, but the message of the story is expressed in the title. At the end of the day (Ishiguro is also alluding to life) are you happy with what you have accomplished or regret anything you didn’t do? This meaningful message is sad to me because I don’t want to look back on my day or life and regret how I’ve spent my time. I still think about this book ten years after reading it.    

Name one book that gave you the worst book hangover:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I read this book when it came out and I think a lot of people know the feeling with this particular book. I think my hangover was amplified because I had to wait a whole year until the seventh book came out so during that time I’m wondering how the series will wrap up and empathizing with Harry.

A book that had a predictable ending:

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I felt once I understood the tone of the book it was easy to realize how Matson was going to wrap everything up. The novel is more about Amy’s journey coping with the loss of her father than leading up to a super big twist at the end. I still enjoyed it immensely!

A book with the most painful plot twist at the end:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. By “painful” I am interpreting this as a bad painful, like WTF?, than a good painful. This book was quick to read through and I knew there are three more books after this so I was interested to see how it ends. I was disappointed. Honestly, I won’t bother to continue on with the rest of the series.

Name a book ending that made you angry:

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. Actually, let’s just forget that the whole book exists.

A series that you wish had a better ending:

“Splintered” Series by A.G. Howard. I felt Howard played it too safe with the ending so everyone would be happy.

A series you wish had another book:

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Seriously, who doesn’t!?

Name a book that had an ending that made you cry, and I mean CRY, sobbing tears. There is no such thing as tearing up in this tag:

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. That book basically destroyed me. It’s about a girl who has a scrappy life in Mississippi and the novel follows her and her family in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Almost everyone who reviewed this book on Goodreads were impacted strongly by this story.  

A book with a cliffhanger that killed you:

Glass Sword  by Victoria Aveyard. I just finished this book and oh.my.goodness. That ending!!! I could care less about the first 300 pages the book, but Aveyard did a good job wrapping it up. I need to read what happens in the third book. I actually wasn’t expecting it to end like that, but it makes sense on keeping the story engaging for people.


Thank you thank you thank you Katie for your awesome answers! It was a lot of fun making the questions too! Please go follow Katie on her blog and check out her SBPT posts! You won’t regret it!

Katie’s Contact Info

Blog: Katie’s Bibliophile
Twitter: @KatieHarness1
Bloglovin’

 

FullSizeRender (20)

Did you enjoy reading this tag? If you want to do this tag, feel free to do this one! I will definitely be doing it myself later and am very excited! Did you agree with some of Katie’s answers? Let me know down below in the comments! Stay tuned for next Sunday!

IMG_2937

 

Open Letter to Bloggers Who Blog for ARCs

Dear Bloggers Who Blog for ARCs,

I am so sorry.

Do you want to know why? Because I am so sorry that you fell down that dark, dark hole. I’m sorry that your apparent “love for books” isn’t strong enough to overpower your love and greediness for ARCs.

I want to let you know that there are hundreds of members in the book community that blog and spend so much time working to put posts up every week. Wait…I’m sure you do too, but do you do it to build your stats and immediately run to a publisher for an ARC? Or do you genuinely give up all of that time because you want to give it up. For the sake of your passion. 

If you honestly think you can consider yourself a book blogger who truly, honestly, genuinely loves books but yet deep down you still blog for ARCs, then you must be really good at lying to yourself. I don’t doubt that you love books, but when you blog, you blog for simply the wrong reason.

The thing with blogging for ARCs is that it is wrong. It is unfair to all the other bloggers who actually really spend valuable time in their lives to blog about books because they love it. Not only that, but it sets a bad name to the book blogging community. Anyone can understand the meaning of an advanced reader copy and seeing someone like you blogging for one of them, just because, well, you should be ashamed of yourself.

You are taking something that every member in the book community loves and twisting that so called “passion” of yours to your own selfish reasons. If you are blogging for ARCs and you know it, and are completely aware of it, I say just quit.

ARCs are already something that is one of the biggest drama factors in the book community. I know for a fact that it drives people CRAZY. It makes the best of us rage. And then seeing you, strolling through Twitter, pretending and lying just to get ARCs.

It is disgusting.

When I first started writing this letter I didn’t want to be harsh, but the thing is, it needs to be said. I’m not going to sugar coat this for you. Sorry, but there is no excuse for blogging just for ARCs, none whatsoever.

Sincerely,

IMG_2937