Tea & Book Chat: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If anyone ever understood how deep my love of Harry Potter runs it’s the main character Cath in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.  Cath and her twin sister Wren are both huge fans of the Simon Snow series (side note: Rainbow is actually coming out with a book based on those characters in October of this year!)  and Cath has actually garnered quite an online following with her Simon and Baz (Harry and Malfoy type characters) fan fiction.  Wren has always been supportive in the past but now that the girls are getting older and leaving for college, they’re in a more transitory period and Wren, especially, wants to separate herself from her twin.  She doesn’t even want to live with Cath which ends up effecting each sister differently.

Cath is a character I completely related to.  She’s an introvert who loves literature and she takes on the burden of familial responsibilities when Wren becomes more concerned with going out and partying than the well-being of her father.  She’s also pretty insecure and awkward.  I love that Rowell even uses Cath’s fanfic as a story element by interweaving it through chapters.  Cath’s writing also gives us a sense of how she’s coping with her own real life.  Even if you didn’t grow up addicted to Harry Potter, if you’ve ever loved anything fictional, you’ll be able to relate to Cath’s intense passion for the characters.  It still amazes me how much Rainbow Rowell understands and expresses the feelings superfans experience.

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Part of what made this book so enjoyable is that it explored so many of the relationships in Cath’s life from her twin sister to her father to her absent mother to her new roommate / potential friend  to a potential love interest.  Levi, the potential love interest, is probably my second favorite character of the book (after Cath of course) because he really gets Cath to break out her shell, even if it’s only a little.  He’s patient and understanding and it’s evident that he cares for her.

Overall Fangirl is an enjoyable journey through the transition from childhood to adulthood.  It captures the essence of what it means to be a fangirl and celebrates the love of fanficiton, which is typically viewed with negative connotations.  It’s no wonder Fangirl was the first book read by the official Tumblr book club.  I loved how Cath’s character grew throughout the novel and how despite her reluctance, she begins to step outside her comfort zone and experience life differently.  I cannot wait to read Rainbow Rowell’s book set in the world of Simon Snow, titled Carry On, which is scheduled for release this October.

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Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (via Goodreads)

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Tea & Book Chat: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)

I thought now would be the perfect time to write and review the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series since I’m just about finished with the second one!  I read The Raven Boys in the latter half of 2014 and I enjoyed it very much.  The story is about a girl named Blue who comes from a long line of psychics but does not possess the power herself.  Her presence has the ability to “make things louder” for other psychics when they’re conducting readings and ever since she was little she’s been told that if she kisses her first love it will kill him.  Blue joins her aunt in their annual visit to the ley line in Henrietta and for the first time ever, she interacts with a spirit directly.  She later learns that the boy is around her age and he attends the fancy prep school near her.

Blue becomes involved with this particular Raven boy, Gansey, and his three best friends, Ronan, Adam and Noah in their quest to find this King, Glendower.  If I were Blue, I would absolutely want to be involved in unraveling the mystery that the boys have been after for so long.  And I particularly love Gansey.  He’s so eloquent in his delivery and he really truly means well even if it doesn’t always come across in his actions.  I also loved reading about the women who live with Blue.  Each of them is psychic so the household is one of the more interesting ones I’ve read about.

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What makes The Raven Boys SO good is that Maggie Stiefvater is excellent at crafting and telling a story.  There are so many elements to this story and while a lot of them were explored in the first book, I can definitely see why more books are on the horizon.  The original plot and the magic of it all are really what drew me in and kept me furiously turning the pages throughout the book.  I love how as fantastical as the world in the novel is, it still manages to seem realistic and as if it could be occurring in a small town somewhere as we speak.

If you’re the kind of reader who doesn’t like waiting for things to come together, I would urge you to power through the beginning of the book because, trust me, the payoff is WORTH IT.  I’m so excited to be starting the second book and I think I may even look up this Scottish King Glendower so I can appreciate some more of the mystery surrounding him.2

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. (via Goodreads)

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How I’ve Been Upgrading to Kristin 2.0 Through General Life Overhauls

I haven’t written one of these in a while because I’ve been SO busy but I’m really quite happy right now and I feel like sharing some of the reasons why.  I’ve been doing some major life overhauls and it’s really been helping me.

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Fashion

In 2014 I started a complete revamp of my wardrobe and I couldn’t be more excited about my recent apparel acquisitions.  My wardrobe had fallen into a serious rut that seemed more like one big advertisement than an expression of who I am. It felt like I was letting my interests overtake my physical appearance as well as my identity.  I still like the same things entertainment-wise, but I’m realizing more and more that who I am and what I like have no correlation to the items I wear that make me feel good about myself.

I’ve been culling my closet (moving played a big part in this because I needed to downsize my wardrobe), and stocking up on basics, statement necklaces, and the kinds of cute sweaters I used to don during my college years except with a slightly more sophisticated edge to them. I’ve even purchased a few pairs of jeans (which I’ve worn more than once!), and today I ordered a pair of sneakers which I haven’t done since high school.  Wardrobe purging and rebuilding is good for the soul.

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Entertainment

While I love comics and action films and all that stuff, I also like a lot of “girly” things too.  Being considered a “geek girl,” especially one who frequents the internet, had made me feel a combination of things.  While I enjoyed being part of a supportive geek community which seemed like something that had been absent during the rest of my life, I’ve began questioning just how supportive the community really is.

Is a community where I feel pressured to see and read every single thing that comes out for reasons other than pure enjoyment something I need in my life?  I don’t think so.  People online are so quick to jump down anyone’s throat if they make a mistake.  There’s a difference between correcting someone for their own benefit than for waiting for the opportunity for someone to screw up just so you CAN correct them.  I think the latter of these people need to spend some time outdoors, disconnected from the internet without the privilege of the anonymity of the internet.  People question how much you REALLY like something which I think is the most ridiculous concept.

For a while, I’ve also felt like I couldn’t share some of my other interests because I’ve been pigeonholed into this limiting “geek” category.  I don’t get as many likes on photos or favorites on tweets if I’m posting something that isn’t comics related and that had made me feel self conscious about my other interests.  It’s even a little dehumanizing in some ways.  I’m not a billboard for comics and I shouldn’t feel pressured into posting what I know will please the most people.  Now that I’m getting older, I’ve done a whole bunch of things which made me realize that I couldn’t care less what other people think, I’m going to be posting a broader scope of the things that make me happy.  I think the major turning point for me was NYCC 2013 for many reasons (just ask Giovanni because I think he witnessed my transformation most closely).  Since I’ve completely stopped caring about reading what every person in my Twitter feed is tweeting, I’ve been able to spend more time doing the things I really enjoy and I almost can’t believe how long it’s been since the last time I felt really stressed out.

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Social Media

In 2014 I culled my Facebook friend list.  This has made Facebook a much more enjoyable place and I no longer have to worry that some random person will post some weird thing on my wall and one of my family members might see.  Admittedly, I still don’t use Facebook all that much since it really is my least favorite social media site, but I’m going to be doing the same thing to my Twitter feed (possibly even today)!  I want to be excited about reading what my friends are up to without having to see someone else’s thousand RT’s of other accounts.  Melissa, Betty, Giovanni and I had a long talk about it last night and they convinced me that I should stop following people I don’t want to follow because I feel bad.

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8 Ways I’ve Been Making Myself Happy Lately

1) Spending the bulk of my free time with people who I love that don’t dwell on and complain about the most trivial of things (i.e., a faceless internet bro’s offensive comment on a [insert social media site / blog here]).

2) Reading all the YA books I can get my hands on during every free minute I find within the day.  I’ve also been writing more YA reviews which makes me feel so good afterward (which is probably also due to the adorable rating system Andrew created for me).  I love reading and chatting about books and going book shopping but my reading focus drastically decreased when I constantly had my phone sitting next to me so I could stop and check it every time I heard it vibrate.

3) Getting into new-to-me TV shows that have become rather addicting (i.e., Pretty Little Liars, The Carrie Diaries, Gilmore Girls, The 100, etc).  I really want to start the Pretty Little Liars book series too.  There’s already 16 books but I feel like I would fly through them.

4) Buying only the single issue comics that I absolutely know I’ll read immediately.  This has freed up a TON of space and has allowed me to actually save money.  I’ve even been buying some of the things I want to read but know I won’t get to weekly in trade which looks better on my bookshelf anyway.

5) I’ve been watching SO MANY BookTube vlogs.  Like every morning.  And catching up on old ones I’ve missed out on until now.  I’ve even been thinking about infusing my YouTube channel with some book vids, especially since everyone is always asking me to do a bookshelf tour!

6) Baking desserts with more of an intention of them tasting delicious than looking cool and being geeky themed.  I still love themed things, but I’ve been honing my baking skills with things like this amazing chocolate peanut butter cheesecake.  Now that I have my pink KitchenAid mixer I just want to bake all the things!  And it’s also awesome that Melissa has gotten so into baking lately too because I have someone to talk to about it!

7) Reading more health-centric articles and finding a skincare regimen that fits my needs.  Also, watching makeup tutorials and reading beauty blogs.

8) Pinterest.  I’ve officially traded tumblr for Pinterest.  It’s so much more organized, full of helpful ideas, and it isn’t cluttered with general negativity.  And it’s a much better system for cataloging images.

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Before I confuse everyone into thinking that I’m completely giving up my geek interests, that’s not at all the case.  I’m just going to be offering up a wider range of my interests online.  Will I still post about Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Bat family and Star Wars? Absolutely! I’m just going to be more open to sharing the other aspects of my life that make me who I am so those posts will be found alongside beauty, books, and fashion things.  I’m also going to continue dressing in a way that makes me feel more confident and happy about the way I look.

Lastly, please do not be offended if I unfollow you on Twitter during my social media cull.  I’m already dreading the messages asking me why which I received when I de-cluttered my Facebook friends list.

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Harry Potter Series: Ravenclaw Edition

Yesterday I posted a few photos on instagram of the new Harry Potter books I just ordered.  Bloomsbury revamped the series with BEAUTIFUL new cover (and back cover) art in October of last year and I’ve been dying to add a set to my collection ever since.  This is the third full set of Harry Potter books I own and I see no signs of stopping this collection of mine anytime soon.  The next full set that I have my eyes on is this special Ravenclaw collection with custom book jackets that I became aware of thanks to Junebugs and Georgia Peaches. It retails for $275 and is produced by Juniper Books.  Also available are sets for those who identify with Gryffindor, Slytherin and Hufflepuff.  Which is your favorite edition?

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Tea & Book Chat: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)

I was so excited when I received a copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han from my TBTB Secret Santa Michelle!  I found myself so interested in this story that I read it in only two days.  Our main character, Lara Jean, one of the three Song sisters, writes letters to all of the boys she’s loved in the past when she wants to stop loving them.  Not that she’s had actual romantic relationships with any of them.  She places them in a hatbox in her room and she’s basically living a nightmare when someone the hatbox goes missing and several of the boys start confronting her about the letter they received.

To make matters even more complicated, one of the boys who received a letter is the long time boyfriend of Lara Jean’s sister Margot who breaks up with him right before leaving for college in Scotland.  I have no idea what I would’ve done in Lara Jean’s situation but I loved the way she handled it!  I really related to Lara Jean as a character because she’s very family oriented and she enjoys staying home to bake cookies and reorganize her closet. We’re also both terrified of driving and would do almost anything to not have to do it.  I loved the way that Jenny Han focused on the relationship between the Song sisters.  My favorite character is the youngest sister, Kitty, who is more confident and feisty than many older characters I’ve ever read about.

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Another interesting aspect of the book is that the Song sisters are half Korean so I enjoyed learning a bit about their culture.  I always love learning about experiences that are different than mine and I thought the way Jenny Han included those cultural aspects worked really well.  Being Korean didn’t define the characters, it was just a part of who they were.  One of my favorite parts is when Lara Jean dresses up as Cho Chang from Harry Potter for Halloween because she’s tired of people asking what she’s supposed to be and assuming she’s an anime character.

Also, the love story was SO GOOD.  As soon as I finished reading, I texted my friend Carolyn who works at Simon & Schuster and basically begged her to send me a copy of the next book when it’s going out because there is just no way that I can wait until June 2nd to find out how the story ends.  I could absolutely see this being made into a YA rom com.  Another part of what drew me to the book initially is the BEAUTIFUL cover.  I mean seriously, look at it!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. (via Goodreads)
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5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Things About Winter

Besides the freezing cold weather which in NYC is so raw that it often makes my face and hands hurt, there are a lot things I really do enjoy about winter.  It’s actually really appropriate that I’m writing this post today because as I sit here in my Batgirl pajama pants and fox slippers I’m admiring snow falling outside my window.  If only I didn’t have to get dressed and venture outside for work!  Anyway, here are my favorite things about winter!

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1) CHRISTMAS – Christmas is my favorite holiday.  I’ve often talked about how I consider the Christmas season to start the day after July 23rd (my birthday) but it’s late fall / early winter before other people really start getting into it too.  I love having days off from work and spending time with my family and everything else that goes along with this wonderful holiday!

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2) Drinking All the Tea – I am a complete tea addict.  It even says so on all of my social media profiles but I definitely consume the most of my favorite beverage during the winter months.  I’m very fond of my caffeinated teas (green and chai being my favorite), but during the winter I’ll sometimes end up drinking a decaf flavor (gasp!) in an effort to stay warm.

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3) Snuggling Under Blankets With a Good Book – As I mentioned above, it can get very cold here in NYC (not as cold as it does in Canada, I have no idea how anyone survives winters there) so much of January-February-March is spent inside under as many blankets as I can find.  The cold weather is the PERFECT excuse to stay in and read.  Being an introvert, I’d chose staying in and reading about my fictional friends over going out any day of the week.

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4) Sweaters, Boots & Scarves – Let’s face it, winter is great time for wardrobes.  I love layering tops and feeling cozy in big sweaters and scarves.  I live in boots throughout the winter months and while I don’t enjoy being cold, I definitely enjoy purchasing clothing to wear in the cold.

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5) Snow! – Now that I’ve moved to NYC and I no longer have to drive anywhere ever, I have a new appreciation for snow!  It’s still no picnic to walk around in it, but it is pretty to look at.  It looks especially gorgeous floating down with all the buildings and Central Park in the background.  It’s almost like being inside of a snow globe.  (It even happens to be snowing outside as I write this very post!)

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January 9th – My Favorite Things About Winter
January 16th – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend
January 23rd – Songs That Changed My Life
January 30th – Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own
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February 6th – Favorite Funko Pop Figures
February 13th – Favorite Fictional Couples I Ship (Valentine’s Day)
February 20th – Things I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read/Watched/Played Yet
February 27th – Characters I Would Name My Kids After
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March 6th – Favorite Snacks/Drinks To Consume While Blogging
March 13th – My Fictional BFF’s
March 20th – My Comfort Films
March 27th – One Fandom Item Styled Five Different Ways
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Tea & Book Chat: These Broken Stars by Aimee Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (These Broken Stars #1)

I’ve been wanting to read These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner for some time now so when I arrived at Barnes and Noble during a quick lunchtime bookstore browsing session and I saw that it had come out in paperback it was as if the stars of my book collection had aligned.  Although, now that I’ve found out it’s a series and I enjoyed the first book, I’ll have to decide between waiting for the second book to come out in paperback or buying the hardcover and having a mismatched collection… but I’ll digress!  I absolutely love the gorgeous cover (see below) so I was immediately drawn to it.  The book was much more sci-fi than I was anticipating and I really enjoyed it overall.

Tarver, a youthful but honored war hero, and Lilac LaRoux, the heiress to her father’s spacecraft business, are the only two survivors of the catastrophe aboard the Icarus.  They land on a strange and uninhabited planet and the pair must work together to try to get back home safely despite their differences.  Lilac is a headstrong young woman who has closed her heart off to any experiences after being traumatized during her past.  Tarver comes from a family of a lower status and Lilac instinctively tries to ignore him for (what she tells herself is) his own good.  I’m really glad Lilac proves that she is stronger, braver and more intelligent than she initially lets on but it was a little bit of a challenge for me to like her.

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I was slightly disappointed with the romance aspect of the book but the overall story and my curiosity about the planet were able to distract me from focusing too heavily on the something I felt was missing. I am looking forward to continuing reading on to book two so more of the loose ends will be tied up but I have heard that it centers around a different set of characters.  These Broken Stars is beautifully written and I would suggest reading it if you’re in the mood for YA sci-fi.

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It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it. (via Goodreads)

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December Book Haul

December was a GOOD month for book shopping.  Between Christmas and an exceptionally high number of visits to bookstores I added quite a few new titles to my personal library, all of which I hope to read in 2015.  I have already read (and posted reviews for) a few of the books below with more coming.  Have you read anything I picked up in December?  What should I read next?!

Gift from Andrew’s Brother Joe

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Gift from my bookish Secret Santa Michelle

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Gift from Carolyn at Simon & Schuster

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Gift from my cousin Rachel

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Gift from Cassie (My True Love Gave to Me UK Edition)

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Gift from Andrew’s brother Greg

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Tea & Book Chat: Girl Online By Zoe Sugg (Girl Online #1)

Before ever watching any video put out by the YouTuber Zoella, I had come across her book on Amazon and the plot of the story drew me in (basically, girl with blog meets cute boy).  I picked up a copy of the book from The Strand and I quickly moved it to the top of my TBR pile.  About halfway through I came across articles about Zoella and the controversy surrounding the book I was currently in the middle of reading.  It turns out that Girl Online was actually written by a ghostwriter (Siobhan Curham) and people were getting very upset about it.

It’s nothing new for publishing houses to employ ghostwriters to pen the books that most celebrities slap their names on but something about this felt different.  It led me to think long and hard about why I had such an off feeling about something I’ve accepted so easily in the past until I drew this conclusion:  It’s different for a person who develops all of their own content to pass something off as their own original work.  Despite the amount of involvement Zoella may have had in the initial brainstorming process, she didn’t put the proverbial pen to page and write the finished product.  This leads to dangerous territory because Zoella will inevitably lose some credibility with her YouTube fans.

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Girl Online was the first book published by Keywords Press, a division of Simon & Schuster created solely to publish books written by people with influential online persona’s.  This also leads me to wonder if Keywords will be hiring ghostwriters for all of the books they’re going to publish in the future or if they’ll take the Zoella catastrophe into consideration when making future decisions.

Overall, I struggle to admit that I enjoyed aspects of Girl Online.  It was by no means a favorite of mine, but it was one of those quick and easy reads that I need every once in a while.  I found myself actively acknowledging that the writing is poor and the story is predictable yet I somehow managed to form an attachment to the main character?  The story was FULL of common character tropes, cliched plot elements, and current pop culture references that will not date well. But I did enjoy the New York City adventure, the cute Brooklyn boy, and the blogging portion (despite the overly cheesiness of it).  I honestly think I would be too embarrassed to recommend this book to anyone because of all the issues I recognize within it despite my ability to like it.

What are your feelings on ghostwriters?  Does your opinion also differ since this time it involves a YouTube star?

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Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever. (via Goodreads)

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Books I Read In 2014

This is one of the strangest “Books I Read In ____” posts I’ve ever written because in 2012 I read a total of 104 books, in 2013 I blew my goal of 120 books away and I read a total of 189 books, and in 2014, I’m sad to say that I did not make my goal.  There are several reasons why this happened (some of which you can read about in my 2014 recap) and some of which I’ll outline here.  99% of the books I read in 2013 were graphic novels which are much quicker reads.  I really wanted to focus on getting back in touch with my love for YA this year so the books I read had much higher page counts and slowed me down a bit.  Another reason I think I read less is because you know how you can read a book, fall completely in love with it and then you’re just not ready to start a new one right away?  That happened to me A LOT this year.  I really think I spoiled myself with well written books this year.  Also I read the entire Nana manga series Nana by Ai Yazawa because her other series Paradise Kiss is my favorite manga of all time.  Little did I know that Ai Yazawa would be taking a hammer to my heart and crushing it to pieces with Nana.  I’m still not over it.  So my grand total for 2014 only came to 91 books.  Considering that I lowered my goal to 100, I suppose I didn’t do too horribly but I still don’t feel good about it.  So 2015 is officially going to be a year of READING.

Here’s everything I finished in 2014!  I tried to hold back and only bold the titles I REALLY loved but there were so so many!  Did you make your reading goal for 2014?  If not, have you strategized your reading plan for improving in 2015?

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January

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
3. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
4. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan
5. The Diviners by Libba Bray
6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
7. Looking For Alaska by John Green
8. The Unbound (Archived Book 2) by Victoria Schwab

February

1. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book 2) by Cassandra Clare
2. Cress by Marissa Meyer
3. Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
5. Sailor Moon Volume 8 by Naoko Takeuchi
6. Sailor Moon Volume 9 by Naoko Takeuchi
7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

March

1. Nightwing: The Hunt for Oracle by Chuck Dixon
2. Vampire Academy 2: Frostbite by Richelle Mead
3. Nightwing: Big Guns by Chuck Dixon
4. John Constantine Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano
5. Nightwing: On the Razor’s Edge by Chuck Dixon
6. Preacher Volume 4 by Garth Ennis
7. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
8. Gotham Central Book 3 by Greg Rucka

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April

1. Superior Spider-Man Volume 3 by Dan Slott
2. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
3. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellairia
4. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

May

1. Nana Volume 2 by Ai Yazawa
2. Nana Volume 3 by Ai Yazawa
3. Nana Volume 4 by Ai Yazawa
4. Nana Volume 5 by Ai Yazawa
5. We Were Liars by Rachel
6. Nana Volume 6 by Ai Yazawa
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
9. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

June

1. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
3. If I Stay by Gale Forman
4. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet
5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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July

1. Two Wrongs by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
3. A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4. Adventure of the Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)
5. Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa
6. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
7. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Book 3) by Cassandra Clare

August

1. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments Book 4) by Cassandra Clare
2. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas &. Jennifer Graham
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
4. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
5. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher
6. The Unwritten Volume 6 by Mike Carey
7. The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis
8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) by C.S. Lewis
9. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #3) by C.S. Lewis
10. Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared by Amy Reeder
11. Nana Volume 7 by Ai Yazawa
12. Daredevil Ultimate Collection Book 3 by Ed Brubkaer
13. Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia #4) by C.S. Lewis

September

1. Nana Volume 8 by Ai Yazawa
2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones
3. Adventure Time: Candy Capers by Yuko Ota & Ananth Panagariya
4. Nana Volume 9 by Ai Yazawa
5. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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October

1. The Woods Volume 1 by James Tynion IV & Michael Dialynas
2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
3. The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente
4. Ranma 1/2 vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

November

1. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Nana Volume 10 by Ai Yazawa
4. Nana Volume 11 by Ai Yazawa
5. Nana Volume 12 by Ai Yazawa
6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
7. Nana Volume 13 by Ai Yazawa
8. Nana Volume 14 by Ai Yazawa
9. Hawkeye Volume 3 by Matt Fraction
10. Teen Titans Earth One Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire
11. Nana Volume 15 by Ai Yazawa
12. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

December

1. Nana Volume 16 by Ai Yazawa
2. Nana Volume 17 by Ai Yazawa
3. Nana Volume 18 by Ai Yazawa
4. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
6. Nana Volume 19 by Ai Yazawa
7. Nana Volume 20 by Ai Yazawa
8. Nana Volume 21 by Ai Yazawa

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