Sunday, July 31, 2016

Art History Book Tag with BlankSlaters // Summer Blogger Promo Tour



   Welcome to the 2016 Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by Amber and Jessica: The Book Bratz(@thebookbratz)! I will be featuring six ladies on my blog every Sunday during July and August. Likewise, they will be featuring one of us on their blog, everyone doing something different- tag, Q&A, or discussing their dream book to movie adaptation, etc. I am super excited to be a part of this tour this year and I am happy to meet such creative and nice people!

   This week I will be featuring Claire from BlankSlaters! Be sure to follow her blog and her Twitter @BlankSlaters ! She posts lots of great discussions on her blog so go check it out. For this week Claire completed a tag I made!!! I made the Art History Book Tag, however it may need to be clarified that it is European art history. I had so much fun creating this tag and I hope there are fellow art and history nerds out there like me who will enjoy doing it! I hope you enjoy today's feature and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more! You can follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin to stay updated for more posts and reading updates. Also, be sure to check out everyone else's posts under the hashtag #SBPT on Twitter! 

Take care,
Katie

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[European] Art History Book Tag
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Prehistory: Lascaux’s Cave Paintings – Beginning of Art.
A book that got you hooked on reading.

Definitely Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. That book got me hooked not only on fantasy, but also a lot of other YA books too. Mostly because Throne of Glass is such a fantastic book! I highly recommend it. Seriously, I could read this book over and over again without tire.
2.
Ancient Mediterranean: 1st period with advances in writing and art.
A book you feel is a masterpiece: well written and engaging.

Hmmm...Caraval by Stephanie Garber. That book isn’t out yet, but luckily I got approved for the book and was able to read it. This book is SO GOOD. Such a well written novel, especially being a debut and it’s quirks and theme really get the reader engaged.
3.
Gothic: Notre Dame Cathedral - Dark, Glorification.
Who (or what) is your favorite antagonist?

Victor Vale from Vicious by VE Schwab. Though in that book there isn’t really a set villain, everyone is technically a villain, Victor is a great villain. His personality is on point and damn, he isn’t all evil but when he is, it makes you wince in your seat.
4.
Italian Renaissance: Rebirth.
A book/series you love to reread.

I love to reread The Archived series by Victoria Schwab. That book is probably one of my comfort reads and is always perfect for a day in on a rainy or cloudy day.
5.
Baroque: Caravaggio – Dramatic, mysterious, and intense.
A book that was thrilling to read.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco was such a thrilling read! The mystery behind the entirety of the novel was fantastic. I couldn’t wait to see what was next and though this book isn’t out yet, for anyone who hasn’t read this one should pre order ASAP.
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Rococo (Late Baroque): Palace of Versailles - Ornate.
Prettiest book you own or covet.

This is a tough one. I own the UK Hardback of Uprooted by Naomi Novik which is actually out of print. I love that edition and it is BEAUTIFUL. I definitely covet that book.
7.
Neoclassicism – Return to classical antiquity.
What is your favorite Classic?

Okay, don’t kill me but I don’t read many classics. I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird and it was eh. So I can’t really answer this question.
8.
Realism: Millet – Depiction of everyday life, rejection of romanticism.
What is your favorite contemporary book?

My favorite contemporary novel is easily All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. That book broke my heart into a million pieces in such a good way. That is probably the most moving book I have ever read in the YA age range and it was really good.

9.
Impressionism: Monet- Choppy, light brushstrokes.
Name a  secondary character you love.

I really love Sloane from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. She is such a cool character and I love her style and attitude.
10.
Expressionism: Van Gogh – Analyzing psyche.
Which complex character do you feel most represents you?

I don’t know. I honestly have no idea...
11.
Cubism: Picasso’s Blue Period.
A book that made you cry.

Oh easy! All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven! That place had tears running down my face, do not even get me started...
12.
Surrealism: Dali – Lack of reason, Expression of imagination.
What fantasy world would you want to live in?

The fantasy world of Caraval. That world is brilliant, so so brilliant. I love every aspect of it, the mystery and the drama. The magic, it is just breathtaking.
13.
Street Art: Banksy – Everyone can experience it.
A book you wish everyone would read/be exposed to.

This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl. That book is an autobiography by the late Esther Earl. She died at age 16 from cancer. Though it is a sad book, it is moving. I felt it was really moving in the way that is makes you appreciate life more. It did for me for sure.

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Next Week's Feature: Cheyenne from Once Upon A Time Review (@OnceUpo15467743)
Friday, July 29, 2016

ARC August 2016 TBR





  With the beginning of August next comes the beginning of ARC August! Thanks to the ladies over at Read.Sleep.Repeat for hosting this again this year! Somehow I have an even worse ratio of reviews to books acquired for review compared to last year. I will start with four books I received for review I want to get done for sure! Embarrassingly I have too many eARCs to tell you so I will just list these four to start with. When I am done with them I will be putting the rest that were published this year inside a container to draw from. I think it would be more exciting that way. This means I need to prep my review posts though and plan the rest of the posts for August. I am ready to get through my eARCS! If you haven't already you have until July 31 to sign up HERE.


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The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. Peterson. Publication: September 29, 2015 by Penguin Books. 292 pages.
An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance.

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Little Nothing by Marisa Silver. Expected Publication: September 13, 2016 by Blue Rider Press. 352 pages.
A stunning, provocative new novel from New York Times bestselling author Marisa Silver, Little Nothing is the story of Pavla, a child scorned for her physical deformity, whose passion and salvation lie in her otherworldly ability to transform herself and the world around her. 

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Asena Blessed (The Chronicles of Altaica #2) by Tracy M. Joyce. Publication: May 1, 2016 by Odyssey Books. 390 pages.
At the whims of Gods and Men…Isaura has emerged from the spirit realm forever altered. No longer a pariah, she embraces the future offered in Altaica, but learns that her survival has come at a price. Her transformation is the perfect weapon for Elena to use against her.

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The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill. Expected Publication: September 1, 2016 by Pushkin Press. 448 pages. 
A STORY THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLDGreater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods... 





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What is on your August TBR? 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikable Characters



 This Top5Wedneday is about unlikable characters who are not villains, but protagonists and side characters. I am not in a great mood right now so I may be a too blunt about my feelings for them. Oh well. One or two of these characters on my list may instigate some discussion. Bring it on!


  • Briony (Atonement by Ian McEwan) - I freaking hate this nosy little girl who creates some story in her head and basically ruins people's lives. 
  • Ron (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling) - I was never a big fan of Ron. He is lovable and adds comedic charm once in awhile. However, he also seemed like a tool who always stuffed his face with food. There. I said it. Which is also why I don't think he is a good match for Hermione. 
  • Mare (Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard) - In this second book of the Red Queen trilogy Mare become super annoying. I don't know why she had to become a narcissistic drama queen. Everything was about her and she was always brooding. A poor version of Katniss's struggles in the second and third Hunger Games. 
  • Guinevere Beck (You by Caroline Kepnes) - Joe was pretty blind to fall for Beck. She was manipulative and just overall unlikable.  
  • Lucille (This Raging Light by Estelle Laure) -  She made everything more dramatic than it was and how she spoke didn't seem like a teenager. There were weird analogies used at random times.


Who are your top unlikable characters? What do you think of my list?
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them





  • Live in Paris! I've always wanted to visit Paris, even live there abroad for awhile. Maybe in my retirement I will live in France. I'd love to be there for the food, architecture, museums, the vibe, the food, the food, the food. (Anna and the French Kiss)
  • I wish I had gone to a boarding school. Since I didn't my children will go to one if they want. Maybe in highschool they will have the option of going if they want. (Every book set in a boarding school)
  • Go to Harry Potter World in Orlando! It looks like so much fun! 
  • Become a marine biologist. That was the first profession I whole-heartedly wanted to me. I bought book in Baltimore and devoured in for the rest of the family trip. I was 12 o 13 and after that I read zoological books for fun. (Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us by Alexandra Morton)
  • Be creative: write more with less fear and doubt. I am closer to 30 years old than I'd like to admit and two aspects in my life that I loved and was good at are writing and art. I pushed those aside for years and now I feel like I have to learn to ride a horse again. This book told me it is okay, that I'm not too old to start again. As long as I do it for me and not have huge goals. (Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert)
  • Not meddle in people's love lives. Seriously, if you read that book you wouldn't want to either. (Atonement by Ian McEwan)
  • Go on more roadtrips. Especially though the national parks in the U.S.A. (Amy & Roger's Epic Detour) 
  • Read more poetry. I haven't dabbled too much in poetry, but I want to devour all of it now! (milk and honey)
  • Travel to England. (Every book set in England)
  • Learn about Barcelona's (and Spain's) history and visit the old cities. (The Shadow of the Wind)

This fun, weekly meme was started by The Broke and the Bookish. There they have scheduled all the Tuesdays and provided a list of old topics. The perfect meme for bookish list-makers. 
Link me your Top Ten Tuesday for today!
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dream Book and Director Pairings with Chasing Faerytales // Summer Blog Promo Tour



  Welcome back to the 2016 Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by Amber and Jessica: The Book Bratz(@thebookbratz)! I will be featuring six ladies on my blog every Sunday during July and August. Likewise, they will be featuring one of us on their blog, everyone will be doing something different- tag, Q&A, or discussing their dream book to movie adaptation, etc. I am super excited to be a part of this tour this year and I am happy to meet such creative and nice people!

   This week I will be featuring Mish from Chasing Faerytales. Be sure to follow her blog and her Twitter @chasingfaes ! She also has a line of prints she made at Society6 under the name Ink Stains. Mish has, also, recently started going full force on her bookstagram and it is looking great! She is such a kind, creative, hard-working blogger and her amazing blog is proof of that. She provided a little bio below with social media links to her Goodreads and Instagram as well. Keep coming back during July and August for more SBPT features on my blog! 

Take care,
Katie

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Hi everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you! I am Mishma, and today, I am here to present to you my dream movie adaptations, and the directors I’d love to work on them! I am a huge movie buff – I even wanted to study film making at one point – and I’ve always loved book to movie adaptations! Since fancasting for characters is often done in the blogosphere, I wanted to do something different and match up books and directors! 
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1.     Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Baz Luhrmann  
Night Circus is hands down one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Magical would be one word I would use to describe it! Vividly descriptive and absolutely gorgeous, the essence of this book and its writing can only be captured by Baz Luhrmann. His movies are always a visual treat, and his signature magic over his sets, costumes and art direction would do Night Circus justice! He’s also skilled with book to movie adaptations, with his magical rendition of The Great Gatsby and his gorgeous and intense Moulin Rouge. 

2.     The Diviners by Libba Bray – Tim Burton 
The Diviners is eccentric, eery, creepy and intense – everything a Tim Burton movie would contain. Tim Burton’s twisted narration and visuals are amazing, and The Diviners being a dark fantasy set in the 1920s, would make a fabulously creepy film in his hand, just like Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd. 

3.     Vicious by V.E.Schwab – Christopher Nolan 
Vicious is my all time favourite book. I wouldn’t wish the story to be made into a movie by anyone else other than Nolan. Christopher Nolan is a visionary and his imagination is just extraordinary . Vicious is an anthiheroic take on superheroes, and who can execute it better than the director of the darkest Batman trilogy? His tone is gritty, his characters well formed, deep and gray, and it would be a treat to watch Vicious as a film if it is handled by this man. 

4.     Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Quentin Tarantino 
I am currently reading Nevernight, and all I can say is that if Pulp Fiction was made into a YA book, Nevernight would be it. Despite being YA, this book doesn’t shy away from violence, sex and explicit language and who else can direct the movie version of this book than Tarentino? 

5.     Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – Wes Anderson 
Wes Anderson’s movies are quirky, eccentric, deep and his characters never fail to make an impact. Plus, his movies are extremely colourful, and anyone who saw the cover of Made You Up, would know that it’s a perfect match for Anderson. In addition, the moving yet adorable story of Made You Up, would experience a whimsical and brilliant rendition in Anderson’s hands, which I can predict would be spectacular!

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Mishma is a 17 year old girl from Sri Lanka who isn't ashamed to admit that she's a nerd.She loves books, tv series and classic old movies, is fascinated with history and villains and addicted to book blogs and twitter.
Addition to this,she's a typical, lazy, weird and crazy teenage girl with lots of dreams, ambitions and a determination to make the best out of her life. Don't hesitate to say a hi to her over at her blog or twitter!


Social Media Links - Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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Next week features Claire from BlankSlaters (@BlankSlaters)
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Recent Editions to My Wishlist

Here are the five latest books on my wishlist -a.k.a. Amazon cart, but didn't buy yet- with links to their Goodreads page. 





What book have you recently added to your wishlist???
Thanks for stopping by!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside of the United States



This fun, weekly meme was started by The Broke and the Bookish. There they have scheduled all the Tuesdays and provided a list of old topics. The perfect meme for bookish list-makers. 



United Kingdom



Iceland



The Universe



France



Spain



Afghanistan



Russia



Have you read any of these? What books would you add to the list?
Monday, July 18, 2016

Coffee Book Tag

I tag you!

Black
Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. 
I really want to start it at some point, but there are so many books and then The Infernal Devices to read. 

Peppermint mocha
Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 
A book everyone should read multiple times.

Hot chocolate
What is your favorite children’s book?
The Mitten by Jan Brett

Double shot of espresso
Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
 Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

Starbucks
Name a book you see everywhere.
Illuminae by Jay Christoff and Amy Kaufman. 

That hipster coffee shop
Give a book by an indie author a shoutout
 Angelfall by Susan Ee.
(On my TBR - Have it on my Kindle.)

Oops! I accidentally got decaf
Name a book you were expecting more from.
 Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

The perfect blend
Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
 Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.




Sunday, July 17, 2016

Blogger Photo Tag with Next Page Please! // Summer Blogger Promo Tour



   Welcome to the 2016 Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by Amber and Jessica: The Book Bratz(@thebookbratz)! I will be featuring six ladies on my blog every Sunday during July and August. Likewise, they will be featuring one of us on their blog, everyone doing something different- tag, Q&A, or discussing their dream book to movie adaptation, etc. I am super excited to be a part of this tour this year and I am happy to meet such creative and nice people!

   This week I will be featuring Kaitlin from Next Page Please! Be sure to follow her blog and her Twitter @NextPagePlease_ ! Below, Kaitlin has provided you with a bio and links to her social media (her Instagram is phenomenal!!) for you to check out. For this week's feature Kaitlin has helped me complete and do the Blogger Photo Tag that I created. Instead of answering the prompts like other tags you take photos. I think this is a great tag for followers and friends on social media to get a glimpse of the blogger outside of blogging without encroaching on their privacy. These prompts are a combination of random and bookish topics. You don't have to complete all the prompts if you are unable to or don't want to. It can be as artsy as you want it depending on your style. If this tag sparks your interest give it a go! (It would also be incredibly nice of you to credit Kaitlin and me.) Thanks for stopping by! Keeping coming back for weekly SBPT posts throughout July and August!

-Katie

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Hey everyone and welcome to my post for Katie's SBPT schedule! My name is Kaitlin, blogger at Next Page Please! Today, I am going to be sort of like a picture tag, where I show pictures based on prompts Katie has given me and I also talk about them a little. I hope everyone enjoys the pictures here and is able to pick up something from my post. Enjoy! 

Your Reading Spot 
 
Couches are my favorite thing to read on because they're so perfect for many different reading positions. You have your back support, padded cushion on the bottom (sitting for a long time hurts my butt lol), and they're just very comfy. You can put your feet up, put them down, lay down, sit it, read upside down, ect. It's like couches were made for reading! 
 
Typical Breakfast 
 
Cheating a little for this one because of the fact that I don't have a consistant thing for breakfast, I eat whatever is around in the kitchen really. One of my favorite things to have for breakfast though is a bowl of oatmeal with dried shredded pork. WEIRD, I know but it's healthier than the typical sugar cereal and tastes pretty good to me. And the shredded pork definitely adds some deliciousness to it. 
 
Blogging Work Area 
 
Yes, the couch again because it's comfy. Again, I can comfortable spent hours sitting on the couch working on blogging and on my laptop. Back support, something to lean on, very cushiony, perfect for sitting on a long period of time, and also conveniently located next to the wall outlet. So yes, I do spent a lot of time on my couch. 
 
Favorite Meal 
 
This question is a crime because I love all meals. As long as this meal includes eating, I like it. Now, I would take a picture of all my meals but here is my most recent food picture, ice cream. (YES! DESSERT IS A MEAL) I love ice cream and especially love those parlors with all the unique, one-of-a-kind flavors. They're always very fun to try out and I do love trying new places. (Pictured: Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream) 
 
A Place in Your City You Love 
 
I live in the Bay Area and one of my favorite places to go in the Bay Area is San Francisco. I've actually been going there more often this summer for some events and I love being there. Of course, there are certain parts that are better than others but my favorite part to go to is the Financial District/ Union Square area. Many places to shop, eat, take pictures, and it's very easy to get to. San Francisco especially has many boba milk tea places (one of my favorite things!) so it's always a plus to go there because I can always pick up some boba.   
 
Collection of Yours That's Not Books 
 
This is my small collection of POP! Funkos, which was something I started slowly collecting last Christmas. They're definitely something that I want to keep collecting because they're just so cute and really fun things to have (and look at.) I currently am working on my Harry Potter collection and so far only have the Hermione, Dumbledore, and Barnes and Noble edition of Harry Potter. Also have the R2-D2 one! I'm actually giving away 2 POP! Funkos on my blog so if you're interested in winning them, definitely check the giveaway out here
 
One Thing You Love 
 
This is a sorta recent investment of mine, an Instax Mini! Basically, if you don't know what this is, it's like a polaroid, or instant camera. You take pictures with it and instead of the camera saving a digital copy of the picture, it prints it out for you right there and within 10 minutes, you have a hard copy of your picture. It is a bit pricey I will admit but I love taking pictures with it and seeing the pictures I've taken with it. Still getting the hang of using it but it's such a fun thing to have. 
 
Latest Book Purchase 
 
So one of my most recent book purchases was Victoria Schwab's newest book, This Savage Song! I actually got the chance to see her recently so I was super excited to get this book and get it signed by her. This is the only book I've read by her but I definitely plan on reading more of her books soon and experiencing just how great her books are. Based on the event and what I heard from her, I can already tell I am going to love her books.

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Hi! I'm Kaitlin, blogger at Next Page Please! I reside in the Bay Area where I spent my time reading, sleeping, eating good food, and struggling to stay awake in school. I love to read contemporaries, fantasy, dystopian, and sometimes historical fiction. I started blogging in 2014 and have been loving it ever since.

Social links: Blog Twitter Instagram Goodreads /



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Blogger Photo Tag:
1.Favorite Shelf (in your Bookcase)
2.Reading Spot (favorite or normal)
3.Typical Breakfast
4.Blogging Work Area
5.Favorite Meal
6.A Place in your City you Love 
7.Collection of Yours That's Not Books
8.One Thing You Love
9. Latest Book Purchase (Good idea Kaitlin!)

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Next week's blogger feature: Mish from Chasing Faerytales! @chasingfaes