3.12.16

2017 Reading Challenge: 52 Weeks, 52 Books! #52wks52bks

Hey guys! I know lots of you are probably searching for a 2017 reading challenge, so I thought I would provide that for you! Because there are 52 weeks in the year, I have 52 different challenges set up for you so that you can expand your reading! You can see the challenges and my anticipated TBR below.

To sign up to participate, comment below with a link to your TBR post or blog and your Twitter handle so I can add you to a list!


Themes

Here is a list of all the themes that will be happening over the next year. I will be compiling my (potential) TBR and posting it on this Goodreads shelf. Feel free to choose the same books as me or to choose your own. 

Every Sunday I will post about the theme for the week with my book choice as well as other potential book choices! 

Stuck on a theme? Leave a comment below and I will give you some suggestions!

1Bird on CoverJan 1-7
2Book Set in Latin AmericaJan 8-14
3Adult SFF BookJan 15-21
4Book About A Road TripJan 22-28
5Book You've Heard A Lot About But Haven't ReadJan 29-Feb 4
6Book With "Some" in the TitleFeb 5-11
7Book with a Trans Main CharacterFeb 12-18
8Feminist SciFi NovelFeb 19-25
9Book Originally Published in the Year You Were BornFeb 26-Mar 4
10Book You Started But Never FinishedMar 5-11
11Book by an Author from Southeast AsiaMar 12-18
12Book with a Blue CoverMar 19-25
13Reread Your Favourite Book From ChildhoodMar 26-Apr 1
14Book with a Latinx Main CharacterApr 2-Apr 8
15Book by a Woman of ColourApr 9-Apr 15
16Book by an Author You LoveApr 16-22
17Book About A Native CharacterApr 23-29
18Based on a Fairy TaleApr 30-May 6
19Book Your Mom/Dad LikesMay 7-13
20Book Written By A Woman Under 30May 14-20
21Book Set in the Middle EastMay 21-27
22Book With "A" in the TitleMay 28-Jun 3
23Book by Anna-Marie McLemoreJun 4-10
24Book with a Main Character that has a Mental IllnessJun 11-17
25Book You Would Normally Never Pick UpJun 18-24
26Diverse Book Of Your ChoiceJun 25-Jul 1
27Book That Is Published in 2017 That ISN'T A DebutJul 2-8
28Book Written By A CelebrityJul 9-15
29Finish That Series You've Been Putting OffJul 16-22
30Literary Fiction BookJul 23-29
31Book That Takes Place on an IslandJul 30-Aug 5
32Start A New Series By An Author You've Never ReadAug 6-Aug 12
33National Book Award WinnerAug 13-19
34New Adult TitleAug 20-26
35Harry Potter ReReadAug 27-Sep 2
36Book That's More Than 600 PagesSep 3-9
37Book Set In CanadaSep 10-16
38Book with Non-Western Mythology/HistorySep 17-23
39Book Set in South AfricaSep 24-30
40Book by A Native AmericanOct 1-7
41Book That Has Been Turned Into A MovieOct 8-14
42Book Set In JapanOct 15-21
43Book That Was Published in 2015Oct 22-28
44Graphic NovelOct 29-Nov 4
45Post-Apocalyptic Book Written by a WomanNov 5-11
46Book Set in your Home State/Province/AreaNov 12-18
47Book with AliensNov 19-25
48Book by Someone Who Identifies As LGBTQIANov 26-Dec 2
49Book of EssaysDec 3-9
502017 Debut NovelDec 10-16
51Book by a Man of ColourDec 17-23
52Book Turned/Being Turned Into A TV ShowDec 24-31

28.11.16

Interview with... Nicole Castroman!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely NICOLE CASTROMAN, author of the forthcoming novel BLACKSOULS!

BLACKSOULS

Author: Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2
Publisher: Simon Teen
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Summary:
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.


Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
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Where do you like to write? 

Nicole Castroman: I always write in my study. I have to have relative quiet and my home is the best place for that. I’m amazed when I hear authors write in coffee shops and things. I would get too easily distracted and people watch.

Why do you write for younger audiences? 

Nicole Castroman: Why not? ☺ I think younger audiences are more open to different kinds of stories, and no topic is off limits. YA is known for being brave and taking risks. 

27.11.16

#SST: TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim // #Interview + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my Sunday Street Team post for

TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim!

Today I have an interview with Tara about the book and at the bottom of the post you can win some goodies, so make sure you keep scrolling! But first, let's learn more about the novel.

TIMEKEEPER

Author: Tara Sim
Series: Timekeeper #1
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Summary:
Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
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What is the best part about being an author?

Tara Sim: Interacting with the community, I think. I’ve made so many new, amazing friends since becoming an author. They’re the type of friends who really understand writing and books in a way my friends growing up never did. I also love the dedication and support of my readers!


Do you find it difficult to balance being an author with the other aspects in your life?

Tara Sim: Sometimes, yes. I work full time, and being an author is like having another full time job on top of that. I usually have to multitask at my day job by responding to author-y emails on my phone. When I have a deadline is when it gets craziest, and my social life completely dies, but when I’m not on deadline it’s a lot easier to take breaks and wind down.


What has been the best book you’ve read in the past six months?

Tara Sim: Oh man, I can’t pick just one. Here are some of my favorite reads of 2016 so far: A Gathering of Shadows, This Savage Song, And I Darken, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Raven King, The Reader, A Shadow Bright and Burning, and The Abyss Surrounds Us (although technically I read it last year but shh).


What do you hope readers take away from TIMEKEEPER?

Tara Sim: I hope it brings some sort of magic into their lives. I’ve already had readers telling me it’s cured their reading slumps, which is pretty awesome, or that it’s made them feel good in some way. I hope it shows readers that no matter how bleak the world is, you can still find magic/love where you least expect it.

25.11.16

Teaser Interview With... Sandhya Menon!

Are you excited about 2017 releases? I know I am, so I emailed a bunch of authors that are writing the books I am most excited about to ask if I could interiew them and thankfully they said yes! So here is a series of interviews with authors that have some pretty spectacular sounding books that I can't wait for in hopes that you get just as excited about these books as well.

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI

Author: Sandhya Menon
Series: N/A
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Summary:
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. 

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 


Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
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Why do you write for younger audiences?

Sandhya Menon: I think adolescence is when people become more and more aware of their place in the world. They’re looking around, trying to find other people like themselves. Books like WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI—I hope—will show teens like Dimple or Rishi, who aren’t part of the majority, that they’re not alone. There are others like them out there loving, laughing, and living their best lives.