#LoveAThon Mini Challenge #5: High Five!

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The last mini challenge in the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is to share our current high fives.  These are the things that are currently making us happy in several categories.  Here are my high fives!

Book

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab – I just finished reading ADSOM and it was so wonderful in every way.  VE Schwab really outdid herself yet again in her newest release.

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Genre

YA Contemporary – I’ve been devouring contemporary novels and anything with a good slow burn romance.  It’s probably because it’s so cold here in NYC and I’m so ready for summer!

Author

Jandy Nelson – I’m reading my first Jandy Nelson book (The Sky is Everywhere) right now and it is SO GOOD.  I love the way Nelson writes and the way the protagonist interprets the world.  But the premise is sad and I keep having so many feelings!

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Blogger / Vlogger

My current favorite book blogger is Pop Goes the Reader!  I love the design of her site and the beautiful graphics she includes in every post.  My current favorite BookTube vlogger is The Readables.  We seem to always have the same opinions regarding books we’ve read so I always trust what she’s saying when I’m undecided about a potential read.

Bookish Merchandise / Book-related site

Etsy!  I’m really coveting a personalized library stamp as of late.  I also love the bookish artwork I’ve been finding on there lately.  Here are the next five things I’ll probably splurge on!

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50 Assorted Library Cards

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Harry Potter mug

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Wicked Witch Bookmark

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Custom Library Stamp

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Lord of the Rings Poster

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#LoveAThon Mini Challenge #4: Snapshots

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The next mini challenge of Alexa’s Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is to post snapshots of books.  Here are some new snapshots I’ve taken mixed in with some of my past favorites!

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#LoveAThon Mini-challenge #3: One Can Only Quote

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 I love this challenge that Alexa came up with for the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!  It’s the third mini challenge of the day (I didn’t participate in the book spine poetry challenge because I’m apparently awful at that or the second challenge, bookish Valentine’s because I’ve been filming BookTube videos all afternoon with Melissa Grey), but I’m back for the One Can Only Quote challenge!  In this post I’ll be sharing some of my favorite love quotes from some of my favorite books.  Leave some of your favorites in the comments below!

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellairia

“When we are in love, we are both completely in danger and completely saved.”

“There are a lot of human experiences that challenge the limits of our language,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons that we have poetry.”

2Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

 

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“… if you’re someone who knows the worst thing can happen at any time, aren’t you also someone who knows the best thing can happen at any time too?”

“I know the expression love bloomed is metaphorical, but in my heart in this moment, there is one badass flower, captured in time-lapse photography, going from bud to wild radiant blossom in ten seconds flat.”

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

“When it’s right, it’s simple.”

“And if I’m the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies.”

Lola and the boy next door

Looking for Alaska

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

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2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Questionnaire

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I’m really excited to be participating in the 2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon for the first time!  The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and you can read more about it in her introduction post.  The event is taking place over two days (Saturday February 21 – Sunday February 22 from 9 AM to 9 PM on both days).

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1. What’s your name?

Hello fellow bookworms!  I’m Kristin and I’m a tea-addicted Ravenclaw.  It’s a pleasure to virtually meet you ^_^

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?

New York City (aka the greatest place on Earth)

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3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and I used to blog for a niche news site but I really wanted to have my own outlet to share my interests and connect with others on a more personal level and so, my blog was born!

4. How did you come up with your blog name?

I decided to use the same name as my Twitter handle so I could keep it streamlined and be easier to find in other places online.  I came up with the name by combining my love of superheroes with my love of space and added the chick part since I also blog about girly things fashion, beauty, etc.

5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I think there’s a solid mix of things but it would have to be a three way tie between YA Sci-Fi / Fantasy, YA Contemporary, and Comics / Graphic Novels.

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6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

Apart from book reviews, I love to post about 1) I’ve recently started a BookTube channel so I’ve begun posting my videos, 2) my favorite locations in NYC (usually pertaining to food of some sort, and more specifically, dessert foods), 2) 5 Fandom Friday which is a weekly link-up created by myself and The Nerdy Girlie (my favorite post so far is Fictional Couples I Ship), 3) Kristin’s Kitchen which is a column about the sweet treats I bake using my pink KitchenAid mixer and 4) Life Lately which are general life updates about what I’ve been up to.

7. Best blogging experience so far?

This is tough because there have been so many positives that have come from blogging!  I can’t choose just one of the memories I’ve created by meeting and connecting with other people who share my interests and all of the opportunities I’ve had because of my site.  Since I’ve started blogging I’ve been able to attend a slew of conventions as press, be cast on a reality tv show, have conversations over dinner with some of my favorite authors and artists, travel extensively, take over as the host of a YouTube channel with almost 100,000 subscribers, but most importantly of all, I’ve met my absolute best friends<3.

8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?

I love that there are so many wonderful and supportive people who are just as excited to talk about books and fashion and life in general as I am!

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9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!

Again, this is hard! In order of release date (not including Jan & Feb since those already debuted) I would have to choose 1) A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab, 2) The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, 3) The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey, 4) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and 5) P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. (Also Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition)

10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

The Archived series by Victoria Schwab.  IT IS SO GOOD THAT IT DESERVES THIS ALL CAPS RECOMMENDATION!

11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

My book BFF is totally Hermione Granger.  While she’s not my favorite Harry Potter character overall (I’m a hardcore Luna Lovegood fan!), I know that the two of us would get along really well.  I could just picture us grabbing tea and spending late nights in the library together or practicing magic while Hermione tells me stories about how silly Ron is acting.

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12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

I went to FIT for college so I’ve always been really interested in fashion (and by extension, shopping).  I also love learning about different brews of tea, reading book blogs and watching BookTubers, attending conventions, eating cupcakes and macarons, and watching Netflix.

13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

More than anything, I love shopping for new clothes, shoes and purses.  I check ModCloth’s website every single day at 12PM when new items are added.  I also love looking for retro style home decor, and baking ware.

14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would you be playing?

Jenny and Johnny – My Pet Snakes from their I’m Having Fun Now album.  It’s such a catchy, upbeat and fun tune!  I can never resist singing along when it comes up in my iTunes playlist.

15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

I really want to see The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern turned into a film.  I imagine it would be incredibly aesthetically pleasing and I can already envision a color scheme which matches the gorgeous book cover.

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BookTube Newbie Tag

One of the aspects of BookTube that I’m most excited to participate in are the book tags.  I love sitting and listening to my favorite BookTuber’s answers and I can’t wait to get started and contribute my own.  I thought it only made sense to have my first tag video be the BookTube Newbie Tag so viewers who may not read my blog can get familiar with me as a reader.  If you’re interested in starting your own BookTube channel, I tag you to make your own video!

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5 Fandom Friday: Books I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read Yet

I have a bad habit of continuing to buy books… LOTS of books when I haven’t read a lot of the ones already sitting on my bookshelf.  I’ve made resolution after resolution to stop doing this but when I walk into a bookstore and see a shiny new book sitting there all lonely, I can’t help but want to pick it up and give it a good home.  It just seems like the right thing to do.  Granted, sometimes I receive books from publishers in an exchange for an honest review so that will dictate what I read, but I still want to get better about reading what I own.  Here are 5 books that I’ve already purchased that are sitting in my TBR pile.

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Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Tea & Book Chat: Fairest By Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #0)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer acts as a prequel to The Lunar Chronicles series and it gives us the full backstory of Queen Levana.  (I’ve previously reviewed the first book in the series, Cinder.)  The book was marketed as a full length novel with illustrations but it’s only about 200 pages and the only illustration is on the front and back inside covers.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s an absolutely stunning illustration of the palace on Luna and I could stare at it for hours, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.  We also get to read the first three chapters of Winter which is the final installment in The Lunar Chronicles which is being released in November (after being pushed back).

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It’s so rare for us readers to get a full 200 page novella dedicated to a villain’s past and I’m so grateful that we were allotted the opportunity with Levana.  However, her backstory did not make me pity her or help me to understand why she is the way she is.  Levana is a terrible person through and through and she’s been making awful decisions since she was a child.  She is manipulative and constantly uses her powers to get what she wants.  She feels no remorse about taking the lives of those who oppose her and enslaving those who she craves acceptance from. I loved getting to read about the early stages of the development of letumosis, and about the younger versions of Princess Selene and Princess Winter.  I also can see why Levana is acting the way she currently is towards Prince Kai in the current storyline.

Fairest is a quick paced read that any reader would be able to consume it in one sitting.  I didn’t like that it wasn’t broken up into chapters (but instead with little section breaks).  It also did nothing to make me feel pity for Queen Levana.  If anything, I just want Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Prince Kai to defeat her even more.  At times it was hard for me to read Fairest because the things Levana did made me really uncomfortable.  While it’s not necessary to read Fairest if you’re involved in the quartet, I think it enriches the story which makes it worth checking out.  I’m glad that I finished the book despite how mad it made me at points.  There are so many past events that relate to what’s transpiring in the main storyline that any Lunar Chronicles fan will be pleased overall with the novella.  Plus it’s a small fix to help us until Winter!

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In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series. (via Goodreads)

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Tea & Book Chat: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

I’ve been reading these books in order (I still have to read Isla and the Happily Ever After but I also have to wait for the paperback because I’m OCD about my book buying), but I’m reviewing them out of order.  Anna and the French Kiss is the first book by Stephanie Perkins in her companion trilogy but I’ve already written about the second book, Lola and the Boy Next Door.  Both stories are contemporary young adult and if you’re in the mood for a great slow burn romance, prepare to swoon.  I actually preferred Anna to Lola, but only ever so slightly.  And I think it’s because of the setting.  Anna’s story takes place in Paris which is the city of love and a place I’ve always dreamed of visiting.  She gets sent to boarding school and throughout the novel she explores the city while gradually falling for Etienne St. Clair.  And oh my goodness, the feels I have for this boy. *fans self*

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 A big reason of why I fell in love with St. Clair is because he’s such a real teenage boy.  There are things he does which make me want to shake him and scream “NO! STOP!” in his face until he handles some of his emotions better.  I also really appreciated how long it took for the Anna and St. Clair to acknowledge their feelings towards one another.  They connected deeply and formed a strong friendship because they bonded over a mutual love of the arts (Anna for films and St. Clair for art).  Anna was also authentically teenage and I appreciated her quirks (like her OCD neatness which I can relate to).  She’s very shy but she’s also sarcastic so her internal monologue is really pleasing to be part of.  I love that Anna is so passionate about films and I can relate to her wanting to see as many as possible and continue to improve the way she writes reviews.

Anna and the French Kiss is packed with swoonworthy moments and a healthy dose of drama.  It didn’t feel like the drama was overly dramatic or too romantic-comedy like.  It’s a very natural progression for the story to flow into.  I was absolutely rooting for Anna and Etienne since the moment they became friends and Stephanie Perkins’ story left me feeling oh so satisfied.  I am even considering re-reading the book soon.

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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? (via Goodreads)

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My First BookTube Video!

Now that I’m hosting videos for THINKAboutTheINK which deal strictly with comics, I decided it was time to revamp my personal YouTube channel and post about my other true love, books.  The first video which I released yesterday is my January Book Haul.  I hope you like it!

5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Couples I Ship

5 Fandom Friday is getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit!  Our topic this week is about which fictional couples we ship.  Anyone who identifies as a fangirl or a fanboy has VERY strong opinions about which characters belong together.  Here are the ones that I feel most strongly about!

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1) Peter Parker & Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man) – Gwen > MJ.  No question.  Gwen loves Peter and MJ loves Spidey.  Gwen and Peter connect on a deeper level and I wish that they would’ve been able to explore their relationship further.  Stupid Green Goblin *cries*

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2) Cath & Levi (Fangirl) – This pair is adorable.  Levi gets Cath to be open to new experiences and it’s the best thing for her.  Their love is so innocent and ahhh.

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3) Anna & Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss) – I just wrote a full review of this book which will be posted this weekend and it explains ALL of my feelings about Anna at Etienne but trust me, this pair will make you swoon.  It’s a slow burn romance and it’s so so satisfying.

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4)  Lupin & Tonks (Harry Potter) – The FEELS.

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5) Chuck & Blair (Gossip Girl) – Chuck and Blair’s relationship was such an emotional roller coaster for me.  I had read the books so at first I thought that the idea of something between them was absurd, but Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick (*swoon*) have the best on screen chemistry possibly ever.  I think they may be my OTP.

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