Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: July 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

July had been utterly wondrous. I met the lovely Robyn Schneider—as smart and funny and nerdy as her work. My dearest godson Carlisle, who is the adorablest, turned three. I was more actively present in our church than ever and still had the energy to help organize a bloggers/readers meet up. I had my visa interview. And on top of these I managed to blog regularly and finish six (6!) books. Time is a peculiar thing.

Books I Read

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Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

Paperweight   You and Me and Him 01   Go Set a Watchman 01

Happy book birthday to Paperweight (7th, HarperTeen), You and Me and Him (7th, HMH Books for Young Readers), and Go Set a Watchman (14th, Harper), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

Never Always Sometimes 01   Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes 01   Another Day 01   The Rest of Us Just Live Here 01

This coming month, I’m excited for Never Always Sometimes (4th, Harlequin Teen), Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (18th, Disney Hyperion Books) (!!!!!), Another Day (25th, Alfred A. Knopf BFYR), The Wild Ones (25th, Philomel Books), and The Rest of Us Just Live Here (27th, Walker Books).

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#BOOKWORMSUNITE YOU GUYS!!!

It’s strange how we pulled this off but we did. Three weeks maybe. Three weeks was all it took to, in a whim, suggest a meet up, get an enthusiastic response, brainstorm, put the words out and make it happen. But stranger is the event itself. Stranger is people actually showing up. Stranger is people actually having fun. In fact, standing in that room, in a coffee shop roughly sixty miles from home, I’ve never felt more myself, more at ease with my own skin, amongst people I’ve only either met briefly before or known online. Some even were just introduced that afternoon. But I felt the camaraderie. It was heartwarming. And I’m grateful Dianne, Hazel, Inah, Faye and Aimee all said yes that fortunate day.

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Around the Interwebs

Now that I actually have a news feature, aptly called Unmissable Weekly, there will be less items in this section.

How was your month? What was the amazing book or film or music or dessert you consumed? Is there a post you think I should check out? Also, HAVE YOU READ Go Set a Watchman? Sound of in the comments below!

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: June 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

#LOVEWINS YOU GUYS!

Daaang, we’re approaching the other half of the year already! Quite a lot has happened this month not only to me but also to the wider blogosphere (happy blogoversary Hazel @ Stay Bookish, Joséphine @ Word Revel, Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader and Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner!). June, it would seem, is a time for firsts: I went to my first book signing (which was so much fun!), had my first official author interview, had my first taste of a known author and reviewed an adult book on Bookish and Awesome.

Fair warning: this recap is sort-of-definitely-maybe-absolutely lengthy and if that isn’t your thing, you can just jump to the particular topic you’re interested in.

Also? THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all you did with the More Happy Than Not Tag! Your support is heartening!

Books I Read

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Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids 01   Between the Notes   Untitled-4   Emmy and Oliver 01

Happy book birthday to More Happy Than Not (Soho Teen), The Summer of Chasing Mermaids (Simon Pulse), The Witch Hunter (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), Between the Notes (HarperTeen), Every Last Word (Disney Hyperion), The Night We Said Yes (HarperTeen), and Emmy & Oliver (HarperTeen), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

Paperweight   Go Set a Watchman 01

I only have two titles for Book Radar because, come on, Harper Lee! I’m waiting for Paperweight (7th, HarperTeen) and Go Set a Watchman (14th, Harper) (!!!!!).

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“”No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No unison is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”” This Adam Liptak wrote for The New York Times on Friday, June 26th, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, by a 5-to-4 vote, made same-sex marriage a right nationwide. I say, yes, America! Finally! Then YouTube shared THIS and excuse me but I’m having ALL THE FEELS. Love, friends, indeed won. ❤

Around the Interwebs

Adam Silver and MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

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So, okay. It is no secret to regular readers of Bookish and Awesome how huge a fan I am of Adam Silvera and his debut More Happy Than Not, which came out this month. And, naturally, the dude owned his publication month. From interviews to open letters, I got you covered!

On why More Happy Than Not has not one but four (4!) awful patriarchal figures  On the case of missing fancy suits and why settling on being more happy than not isn’t so bad  On the memory Adam would most like to forget  On exploring nature vs. nurture in regards to homosexuality  On creating his own MFA program and writing his way to publication  On Adam’s favorite TV shows  On why people mistake homosexuality as a choice  On who would be great friends for Aaron Soto outside the book  On learning when something has to go, it goes  On top secret writing tips  On Adam’s writing style and process

How was your June? Any awesome book or film or music or dessert you consumed this month? Or do you have a post I somehow missed but you think I’d like? Let’s talk!

*That’s a legit thing.

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: May 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

Hey y’all! So I know I’ve been away for more than a couple of weeks now—and I apologize—but I recently went through a surgery and a slightly unexpected weekend escape before that. I’m recovering well, though, and excited to be back blogging regularly soon!

May had been really wonderful. My  childhood best friends were in town, however briefly, and I spent the whole weekend with them before I had my operation, which went successfully. This month, I also got to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (FINALLY!!!) and More Happy Than Not, which both exceeded my expectations. So yaaay times two! And oh. I watched Pitch Perfect! No, not the sequel. Oops. It was pretty aca-mazing.

First week of May, the lovely Hazel Ureta of Stay Bookish invited me over at her blog for Behind the Lens and I’m a happy snowman! Thank you so much, dear!

Books I Read

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  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – Smith is many things, but what he does best is writing complex teenage boys. I had problems with the narrative style but, overall, it’s a candid look on growing up.
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – This is a strong debut you guys, with characters as unforgettable as the book is unflinching in its portrayal of confusion, love, homophobia, friendship and a lot more. Silvera surely is set to win many, many fans.
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – There’s only one thing you need to know about this novel: Becky nailed the character voice. I mean, I can’t even. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such a charming, smile-inducing read. The cast instantly feels familiar and you can’t help but root for them. WHO GOES OUT THE GATE PUBLISHING HER FIRST BOOK THIS GOOD?!!!
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I have conflicting opinions about this. Very. But it’s reminiscent of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone with fae-ish elements. And, somehow I requested this from Netgalley thinking it’s YA, but it’s not.
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley – Gaaah. I’ve never cry heaved so hard. There was this one scene that’s just beautiful and sad and poignant and I lost it. The overall tone was very nostalgic and there were times the MC was too whiny for my liking but it still is one of those stories that you know will stay with you in a long while.
  • Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver – D (of Oops! I Read A Book Again) and I are currently buddy-reading this one. This is my first title from the author.
  • Half Bad by Sally Green – Yeah, I read this in April but wrote a review this month. Terrific character connections, blunt writing style and quietly compelling.

Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

Made You Up 01   Uprooted 01   Anything Could Happen 01   Extraordinary Means 01

Happy book birthday to Made You Up (Greenwillow Books), Uprooted (Del Rey), Anything Could Happen (Push), and Extraordinary Means (26th, Katherine Tegen Books), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

More Happy Than Not 03   The Witch Hunter 02   Every Last Word 01   Untitled-4

June will see both More Happy Than Not (2nd, Soho Teen) and The Witch Hunter (2nd, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) coming out into the wild, woohoo! Along with Every Last Word (16th, Disney Hyperion), and The Night We Said Yes (16th, HarperTeen).

Gold Star

I’m introducing a new feature in my monthly recap! Gold Star, inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, aims to spotlight a person, book, project or anything that makes the world a happier place (because I’m cliché like that). And this month’s Gold Star belongs to… The #BooksArentDangerous initiative! So basically, together with The NOVL, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia asked the bookish community to upload a photo using the hashtag. And for every picture posted, they will donate a book to First Book, to help underfunded schools and libraries. They reached their goal of 5,000 and I just think that, for readers like us, spreading the love of reading is such a fulfilling cause to be a part of. Fantastic job, ladies!

Around the Interwebs

I hope you all had an awesome May! For those of you who didn’t get to attend BEA15, did you torture yourselves by staying on Twitter (like I did)? And for those of you lucky bastards who went, what was your favorite part? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: April 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks in and outside the blog.

Okay. Let’s clear things up from the previous rundown. More Than This is NOT my first Patrick Ness title. Gaah. I forgot that The Knife of Never Letting Go is his; that is my real first. I’m TERRIBLE. Throw the tomatoes. But can you throw doughnuts, too?  And “unflinchingly bawdy humor, spot-on humor,” even if Winger IS absolutely aces, is mega redundant, don’t you agree? (I am. You know. Such a loser.)

April hasn’t been very kind to my blog schedule (I don’t keep a schedule, mind you; that’s more a figure of speech). The first two weeks saw me training early in the morning up until late in the afternoon. And that only sounds like it involves running a circuit, sparring, and trying to project tendrils of electrical charges from my fingers, but in reality it’s quite prosaic. But I did fairly better at reading, considering how slow I read. Albeit, in the Review Department, things are pretty grim. But, hey, a boy can only do so much.

I also received the SINGLE BEST DM OF MY YEAR (or the previous ones) and it’s from Becky Albertalli which, if you’ve been paying attention and I’ve been explicit about this, is a favorite author person. I’m still waiting for the eagle to land but you best believe you’ll hear my screams when it does. And oh. Did I mention I got approval for an e-ARC of Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not? Exciting times!

Books I Read

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  •  All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – I had very conflicting feelings about this one at first. But the more I pondered about it, the more I realized what a gem it is. It’s thoughtful and provocative and Theodore Finch is just so vivid that you can practically see him nodding at you across the street. Definitely recommending it you guys!
  • The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker – If it isn’t straight up romance, I’m not big in this element, that is why I was pleasantly surprised to find myself rooting hard for the couple in this debut. It was SO good! Plus, it’s atmospheric and the MC has a strong voice. And a gang of witches? Yes please!
  • Galgorithm by Aaron Karo – This is a fun, light high school rom com reminiscent of Easy A. (Yeah, that Emma Stone movie.)
  • The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun Hutchinson – I can only describe the emotion in this book as RAW. I mean, I want to hug Andrew. But humor is also present.
  • Half Bad by Sally Green – Oh my gods, stating how child abuse is one of the central themes of this piece of contemporary fantasy will be the understatement of the year! If I want to hug Andrew Brawley, I want to adopt Nathan and never for once in his life again let him go through the things he endured. Ever. And can we talk about Arran? PERFECT. BROTHER. On a more fain-y (that’s muggle or mundane; choose your fandom) side, the writing is blunt which I can see might be a problem for some.
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – I’ve just started this yesterday and I’m not too far to really give any opinion. Oh. I’ll say this: Andrew Smith has his ways in creating fleshed-out teenage boys.

Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda   Challenger Deep 01   An Ember in the Ashes 01   In a World Just Right 01

Happy book birthday to Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) (Poppy), None of the Above (Balzer + Bray), Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Balzer + Bray), Denton Little’s Deathdate (Knopf Books for Young Readers), Challenger Deep (HarperCollins), Finding Paris (Balzer + Bray), Still Waters (Philomel Books), An Ember in the Ashes (Razorbill), and In a World Just Right (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

Made You Up 01   Uprooted 01   Anything Could Happen 01   Extraordinary Means 01

I’m seriously looking forward to these May new releases: Made You Up (19th, Greenwillow Books), Uprooted (19th, Del Rey), Anything Could Happen (26th, Push) (!!!), and Extraordinary Means (26th, Katherine Tegen Books) (!!!).

Around the Interwebs

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How was your month waffles? What, food IS everything! Did you bust down that wobbly TBR pile? What was the last book that blew your socks off? Or, you know, destroyed you? As one does. And are you stoked for Carry On? Go Set a Watchman comes out in less than two months, but for now, we can rewatch the 1962 TKAM adaptation and chat over how sublime it is!

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: March 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks in and outside the blog.

Bookish and Awesome is 2 months old! Yaaay! Let’s take a look at what happened last month, shall we? Because, yeah, it’s April 1st (happy April Fools’no this is not a prank!) and my recap is late. IHAVEMONUMENTALSCHEDULINGSKILLS!

Books I Read

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  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I actually read this one by the end of February but I posted my review this month. So. Two depressed teens planning their shared suicide. But here’s my pitch: Warga doesn’t romanticize depression, and there’s something equally beautiful and pensive about that.
  • Promposal by Rhonda Helms – This one’s a fluffy light read that’s perfect for a stay-in night or anytime of the day really.
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness – This is my first Patrick Ness title and I picked it up because of John Green (take away my money, John, you’re welcome) and what a decision! I’ve never quite read anything like it. A mix of extremely weird, deeply affecting, introspective and philosophical, it continuously flips everything on its head.
  • The Hurt Patrol by Mary McKinley – a straightforward story about bullying and coming out but that has cardboard characters.
  • None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio – Intersexuality + fleshed out MC + the wonders and complications of a tight-knit friendship. Gregorio’s debut is gripping, poignant and ultimately hopeful.
  • Winger by Andrew Smith – The only thing you need to know about Winger is that I SUPER LOVE IT! What, that isn’t saying much? Okay, okay. It boasts a pitch-perfect character voice, unflinchingly bawdy humor, spot-on humor and masterful storytelling. That’s like having one whole chocolate mousse cake! Or cheesecake. Or whatever makes you drool.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I still haven’t formed a congruous opinion about this one but the world-building is incredible.

Other Stuff I Posted

  • Sorry Other Tags – In which I answered question for the tag to end All The Tags.
  • My Love-Hate Relationship with Westeros – Hint: there’s mentions of page count and Bran and Sansa and Catelyn and Tyrion and Cersei. Also, Khaleesi’s gowns.
  • For Girls Only – Shannon Hale (of Princess Academy series fame) met a problematic encounter during her book tour. BOYS WERE’NT ALLOWED IN HER TALK! Naturally, this prompted a list of female protagonists both girls AND boys love.
  • No One Knows I Love Cake – Warning: this post will awaken the sweet-tooth in you.
  • RIP Novel: A Letter to the Dead – We don’t read serious enough. We killed Novel.

Book Birthdays

The Alex Crow   Mosquitoland   We All Looked Up   The Cemetery Boys

Happy book birthday to Bone Gap (Balzer + Bray), Mosquitoland (Viking Books for Young Readers), The Alex Crow (Dutton Books for Young Readers), Vanishing Girls (HarperCollins), Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (Dutton Juvenile), Under a Painted Sky (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers), Liars, Inc. (HarperTeen), We All Looked Up (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), Written in the Stars (Nancy Paulsen Books), and The Cemetery Boys (HarperCollins), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

Denton Little's Deathdate   Finding Paris   Still Waters   None of the Above

Like I’ve said, it’s already April. New month. New published novels. I’m looking forward to Denton Little’s Deathdate (Knopf Books for Young Readers), Finding Paris (Balzer + Bray), and Still Waters (Philomel Books). Shout out to None of the Above (Balzer + Bray) which also comes out this month!

Around the Interwebs

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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If you think I missed one title in Book Radar, then a you’re probably looking for Becky Albertalli’s debut Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but that means b you don’t know me. Because I AM CRAZY EXCITED for this book, in fact I am super stoked that I created a separate portion solely for this title! Ever since I’ve learned about Simon Vs, I very much counted every single day ’til April 7 (OH GODS THAT’S NEXT WEEK!) and, basically, I wanted needed this wonder last month January. Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner and Jen of Pop! Goes the Reader ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT TO BITS AND PIECES! Here is Jamie’s review and Jen is hosting an international giveaway (you can win a signed, personalized hardcover. SCORE!). And just last week, HarperCollins’s marketing team worked with five bloggers to deliver a cute 5-Day Excerpt Tour. If you haven’t read this funny and adorable e-mail exchange between Simon (going by the pseudonym Jacques) and Blue, I’m taking your Oreos. No, seriously, YOU HAVE TO READ IT! It’s sequential so you have to begin at Day 1, then Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5. But there’s more! Wait… Wait… You can read the first 7 chapters! Head over to Epic Reads! And while you’re at it, maybe pre-order a copy?

What are the books you’ve read/acquired in March, dear readers? And what are you most excited to devour this month? Are you thrilled for Paper Towns (BECAUSE I AM!)? And will you read Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda? Also, do you like Oreos what is your favorite variant of Oreo? Oh one thing more! Are there “girl books”? Gaah. I’ve so many questions! Sound off in the comments below!

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks in and outside the blog.

It’s been a month! How time flies so swiftly, I’ll never figure out. Bookish and Awesome came to reality nineteen days ago today, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far. Thank you you awesome bookish people!

I want to thank you, as well, for joining me at the recently concluded Rainbow Rowell Week. Sharing something I really care about always gives me the bliss and this warmth feeling, but it is extra special when someone responds and celebrates with me. I definitely had a blast.

Books I Read

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This month saw my first foray into Holly Black territory and I couldn’t be more happy that it was The Darkest Part of the Forest. I thought it was beautifully written and a rich, raw tapestry of love and insecurity and what brothers and sisters say to one another and what they don’t. I also loved Michelle Falkoff’s debut Playlist for the Dead—the narrator, Sam, has an incredibly compelling voice. I wish I could say the same about Inked by Eric Smith but, alas, no. The premise is very intriguing, however. And, lastly, I finished Jasmine Warga’s My Heart and Other Black Holes this week (review coming up). Whoa. I’ve read exclusively new releases.

Book Birthdays

I'll Meet You There   My Heart and Other Black Holes 01   Red Queen   A Darker Shade final for Irene

Happy book birthday to I’ll Meet You There (Henry Holt and Co.), My Heart and Other Black Holes (Balzer + Bray), The Last Time We Say Goodbye (HarperTeen), Red Queen (Orion), The Distance Between Lost and Found (HarperTeen), Breakout (Crown Books for Young Readers), A Darker Shade of Magic (Tor Books), The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Scholastic Press), and The Third Twin (Delacorte Books for Young Readers), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

Mosquitoland   Liars, Inc   We All Looked Up   The Cemetery Boys

Tomorrow is March (now, really, here). New month. New published novels. I’m looking forward to Mosquitoland (Viking Books for Young Readers), Liars, Inc. (HarperTeen), We All Looked Up (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), and The Cemetery Boys (HarperCollins).

Around the Interwebs

What are the books you’ve read/acquired this February, dear readers? And what are you most excited to devour this March? Are you thrilled for GoT Season 5? What about Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska? Sound off in the comments below!

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