Hi Bookworms! I have another exciting giveaway to share with you today! I partnered with Penguin Teen to give one lucky reader a copy of Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi as well as some of Tahereh’s favorite things which include Rifle Paper Co journals (MY FAVORITE) and a super cute letter opener! Tahereh’s new book has major Alice in Wonderland vibes so I was really happy to have been chosen to work on this. In honor of Furthermore‘s release, I put together a Book Look in which I wore the brightest colors I could find in my closet. This is the first book look that I’ve ever filmed for my YouTube channel but you can see the rest of my Book Look photos here. Good luck and below is a synopsis of the book!!
The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
This has been a weird week. The week preceding the 4th of July is typically a quiet one but several of the fandoms I love turned Monday to Wednesday into stressful days! On Monday I SCRAMBLED to get tickets to the NYC premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which JK Rowling herself and Eddie Redmayne will also be attending. That was the most stressful of my experiences this week but more on that later. On Tuesday I sat at my computer refreshing constantly to get my hands on a Mondo Ramona Flowers figure that had been previewed at San Diego Comic Con last year and seemingly disappeared into the void until they finally announced on Monday that preorders would go live the next day. Andrew and I both scored one of these so we have an extra if anyone didn’t get one and is in need! And then Wednesday. Wednesday was the NYCC ticket rush. This is the first year that I will not be attending as press (I wasn’t able to go last year because I had to attend a wedding – literally a devastating moment for me) and now I have to join in the horrific ticket queue but I’m just happy to be going! I already have a cosplay planned and I’m super excited that NYCC is adding a BookCon section this year! The ticket queue was my worst nightmare. It gave no indication of where you were in line or how long it would be until you were able to buy tickets. Luckily, I teamed up with my friend Lauren and she got in first so she scored some of the last 4 day tickets before NYCC announced that they were sold out. VICTORY. Now today I’m too mentally exhausted to do a thing- bring on my three day weekend!
Anyway, on to my outfit photos :-) I put this outfit together with Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger in mind. I was lucky enough to read this book early and I ADORED it (review here). The conclusion to this duology, Wayfarer is due out in January of 2017 and you can bet I placed my preorder as soon as it showed up online. I chose to wear my Chopin music note leggings and music note necklace because the main character Etta is a very talented violinist. I also went with some more classic pieces, like a denim jacket and oxford shoes because Passenger is all about time travel and we meet the other main character Nicholas in early American history.
Ever since I read the Nantucket duology by Leila Howland I’ve wished that I could visit Nantucket for a summer. While I don’t miss being in school, I do truly miss having a two plus month summer vacation each year. Since I tend to mostly read YA novels, I feel even more envious of those with a long break just about every time I pick up a book. Why I didn’t become an English teacher with summers off is beyond me. Anyway, Nantucket Red is the second book in the duology and I think this series, more than any, really encompasses ~summer~ I love the main character Cricket and I would do just about anything for a third book because I often daydream about what she’s doing now. When I saw this ModCloth dress, it immediately reminded me of something I could wear to walk the boardwalk so I paired it with my mermaid necklace, chambray headband and sunflower sandals to give it an extra bit of that summer something and make it Nantucket-worthy. If you haven’t read any of Lelia’s lovely series, you can check out my review for the first book, Nantucket Blue, and see if it’s something you’d be interested in.
This summery outfit is ideal for today because I have the day off of work and in a few short hours I’ll be leaving to go to my Bachelorette Party! The girls (and guys – Andrew and I decided to have a combined Bachelor / Bachelorette party) rented a house on a beach and I’m so excited for our weekend of board games, beach bummin’ and wine drinking.
As soon as I got this ice cream cone shirt from Wildfox (another design that’s made for little girls) I knew it would be the perfect book look for Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson since the main character Emily spends some of her summer working at an ice cream shop. I also wanted to wear something on the trendier side hence the lace on my denim shorts and the fringe on my sandals because the cover models are oh so fashionable! When I think of summer, I often think immediately of SYBG. It has all the elements I love in YA contemporary and I definitely plan on re-reading this one<3
Necklace (House of Harlow – NA) | Bangles (House of Harlow – N/A)
Last week I devoured my copy of Tiny Pretty Things by Sonia Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton and I completely loved everything about it. (You can read my full review here.) I’ve been wanting to do outfit posts inspired by books for a while but now that my bookshelves are finally up and running, I feel like I have the background I envisioned and so my “book looks” outfits are commencing! Tiny Pretty Things is about a bunch of cutthroat ballerinas and if you were anywhere near as obsessed with Center Stage as I was in your teenage years, I have no doubt that you’ll also love this book. I cannot stress how much I truly enjoyed the story, loving and loving to hate the characters, theorizing about the ending and now I’m left dying for it’s sequel Shiny Broken Pieces which comes out on July 12th!
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best. (via Goodreads)