Unmissable Weekly: July 9, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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Percy Jackson has fought all manners of monsters, but his latest adventure sees him adapted for the stage in The Lightning Thief, a musical based on (and named for) the first book in author Rick Riordan’s best-selling series. Now EW has your exclusive first listen to the full cast album, which will be going on sale July 7.

“The gods are real. Like the Greek gods. Like the ones you learned about but weren’t paying attention to. Well, they don’t pay attention to you, either, especially if you’re their kid.” This is transporting me back to 2013, that September I got OBSESSED with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!


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An unpublished picture book by Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, has been found hidden deep in his archives, five years after his death – somewhat like a little boy lost in the jungle after being sent to his room with no supper.

The new book will be published in autumn 2018, a posthumous release for an author regarded as one of the most influential picture-book creators of the last 50 years.

And Maurice Sendak joins the ranks of children’s authors with a book discovered posthumously in a drawer.


The final two seasons of Game of Thrones are set to be shorter than previous installments of the series—down from the usual 10 episodes to 7 for the seventh season, and 6 for the eighth. But that doesn’t mean that we’ll necessarily be getting any less of the show. We already know that three of Season 7’s episodes run longer than an hour, and at this weekend’s Con of Thrones, sound designer Paula Fairfield told the crowd that the Powers That Be might make all six episodes of Season 8 feature-length.

It seems we are getting a full season’s worth of Game of Thrones for both seasons 7 and 8, after all.

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You Know You Love Me

Gossip Girl Book Tag

Once upon a time, I wasn’t as TV noob as I am today—well, okay, I keep track of what’s out there except I do not watch them. But then, I had multiple television shows I was tuning in to, and one of them was The CW’s Gossip Girl, based on the novel series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. Looking back, to say I was into it would be a grand playing-it-cool. I was obsessed. It match-aired here in one of our local networks and I’d watch multiple replays—aside from the episode’s first screening—every week. My best friend and I would even talk in length about certain scenes, like the characters were friends of ours. Or, at the very least, schoolmates.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when fellow fans JM (of Book Freak Revelations), Kevin (of Tomebound) and Salve (of Cuckoo For Books) decided to initiate a book tag featuring the one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, I was on board tout de suite. And without further ado…

…or not. There are two things to consider if you were to peruse this post, viz. a) it is based on the TV series, not the books, and b) some items contain substantial spoilers for the TV series.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

The “It” book of YA fiction.

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Not only do I now realize how dreadfully Herculean the term “The “It” book” puts in one’s choice, it also requires a compelling argument. Hence, allow me to take a slightly different angle and pick Lara Jean’s story. Just because of how often I see this book (or the sequel) on Instagram.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

A book/character you love to hate.

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Since my introduction is a trip down memory lane anyway, let’s carry on. I’m going with Jane of the Volturi. I recall hating how unfair her power is. Or maybe because it was sick and I wanted me some sick power? (What, don’t tell me you don’t ponder these philosophical stuff?)

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Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

A roller coaster ride of a book.

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There’s a collection of reasons why The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my top ten all-time favorite books, one of them being it made me feel all of these emotions.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

A book cover eye candy.

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Fun fact: I’m responsible for this particular item. Not-so-fun fact: I CAN PICK A MULTITUDE OF COVERS. Why do I have to do this on myself? In fact, I can dedicate a whole article about #coverlove and—oh wait, I did. But I’m zeroing in on Sarvenaz Tash’s upcoming 2016 novel. Look at the color scheme and overall vibe!

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The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

A book you think deserves more love than it gets.

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Oh! I have a bunch of titles but I recently finished Ford’s Suicide Notes and this was published in 2008 but why haven’t I heard of it?

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Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

A character that went through the most drastic transformation, for better or worse.

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A piece of (lemon) cake! Sansa Stark. Enough said.

A Game of ThronesA Clash of KingsA Storm of SwordsA Feast for CrowsA Dance with Dragons

A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin

A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression.

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So I picked this graphic novel during last year’s MIBF thinking there’s some awesome Starlord action. But what did I get? NO STARLORD! But I digress.

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The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin

An OTP that could have been.

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I usually don’t use the same title or series in a single tag but for this one I’ll bend. Okay. This is straight up fanfic, right? Someone write me my Sansa x Ser Loras story!

A Game of ThronesA Clash of KingsA Storm of SwordsA Feast for CrowsA Dance with Dragons

A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin

A villain who’s killing it with villainy.

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The Dark Fairy from Cornelia Funke’s Mirrorworld Series easily comes to mind. I’d consume a whole book dedicated to her complexity.

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Mirrorworld Series by Cornelia Funke

A favorite sidekick character.

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Given that Nico di Angelo isn’t one of The Seven, he’s basically a secondary character. And next to Annabeth and Percy, he is my favorite demigod from Uncle Rick’s Greek mythology retelling. It has always been this way, ever since the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. And in fact, I was more invested in his and Reyna’s arc in The Blood of Olympus.

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The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

A book you always mistake for something else.

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Not necessarily “always.” But somehow there was a phase when I almost always confused Half Bad and Red Rising. I DON’T KNOW WHY.

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Half Bad by Sally Green • Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A book/character you want to like more than you actually do.

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Yesterday, I talked about how Neil Gaiman touched my life. It still saddens me how my first foray into his extensive list was a bit underwhelming. I did like Coraline, however.

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

A Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk character.

Due to the spoilery nature of this one, I will leave it blank and instead give you this:

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You know you love me. XOXO.

Tag you’re it:

Cristian @ The Bookish God
Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions
Jayvee @ Writer For Misfits
Jem @ The Bibliophile Confessions
Justine @ Bookwormaniac
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader
Shannelle @ The Art Of Escapism

And oh. JM posted his entry yesterday, Kevin’s will be up tomorrow and Salve’s on Friday.

Who is your favorite Upper East Sider?

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I Would Give Up the Internet

The Extraordinary Means Tag.

First off, I’m so thrilled that Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider (which I just learned is pronounced with /ɪ/ and not /aɪ/; thank you Margot!) is coming out this month! As you know—or not (c’mon, look at my header!)—her debut The Beginning of Everything is one of my favorites. And so when I was tagged to do this challenge, I got pumped up!

… Until I saw the actual challenge. Boy, there are some really torturous questions here! But. Let’s get down with it.

Thank you Wesaun for the tag! (Shucks! I realized I don’t know your YouTube channel!) Also, this is originally a video tag but whatever.

*Click the book covers to be directed to their Goodreads page.*

1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book.

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This is a serious commitment. SERIOUS. I mean. The inter-freaking-net! For a month. So I’m going with the one book that started it all for me. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Imagine me walking the hall with All The Swagger.

2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plain ride.

How can you live WITHOUT something you absolutely love for a year? HOW? It has to be Rainbow Rowell. I mean. She’s funny and smart and I’m guessing she flies Class A, too.

3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure Hollywood made this book into a movie.

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HAHA. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli or Winger by Andrew Smith. And I wouldn’t settle for anything less. It’s With The Best Team or nothing. I’m not even kidding. I will burn Hollywood to ashes before they do anything stupid. Preferably with Josh Boone helming and John Bailey doing the cinematography.

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book.

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That’s it. I MEAN. Le fuck?* This is Extraordinary indeed! But. Let’s say, HYPOTHETICALLY. It’ll be the world of the Percy Jackson books. I’ll be an Athena kid. And I’ll be friends with the gang. Cross that, BEST friends.

5. I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author.

As if the interwebs need more evidence of my weirdness. John Green. Have you seen how fast he speaks? There’ll be no time wasted! Plus he’s funny and smart (do we have a trend here?) and geeky and, OH, he’s a Swiftie!

6. I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life.

I’m blanking on this one. Mainly because the girls I’d want to date are taken and I approve of the couple. Hmm. Maybe Sam from The Perks of Being a Wallflower? I know I know. There’s the boyfriend. We’d just hang out. OR since we’re playing extremes. I’d take Simon Spiers to an Oreo date! He’s gay. He’s taken. We’ll have fun.

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You Are Tagged!

Awesome-Cait @ Paper Fury
Cristian @ The Bookish God
Denisa @ Bookworm Extraordinaire
Dianne @ Oops! I Read a Book Again
Joe @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Kate @ The Magic Violinist
Levi Isaac @ Levi Isaac’s Blog
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader

(I’d also like to hear Hazel’s (@ Stay Bookish) and Jon’s (@ Bookish Antics) thoughts but they don’t do tags. So yeah.)

And YOU. If this is awesome to you, consider yourself tagged!

Other books mentioned:

 Extraordinary Means 01   The Beginning of Everything   The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Okay. Confession time: what would be your answers? Spill!

*Props to you for getting the reference!

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No One Knows I Love Cake

The Cake Book Tag

So I was going through Awesome-Cait’s articles (of Paper Fury fame) the other day (true story: how can she write all these posts AND read so much books AND writer her own novels?) and apparently, it struck me, NO ONE KNOWS I LOVE CAKE.

But it’s okay. *Moves in the corner, lies down and curls up fetal-position.* I’m doing The Cake Book Tag anyway, because why not?

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*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

A book that was a little slow to start off but really picked up as it went along.

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First thing that comes off the pathetically-beanstalkish-scrawny List of Books Shelumiel Read is Gone Girl. I mean, I was intrigued from page 1 but not until when the bomb that was as big as Missouri was dropped did I feel like I had to finish it in one sitting. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a close runner up (I almost gave up, actually; now it’s one of my beloved classics).

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A book that had a rich, great plot.

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I’m the neighbor who’s a sucker for characterization but The Magician King‘s plot is so loaded and complex and exquisitely harrowing (not that this category calls for the last one). Seriously, you have to check out Grossman’s Magicians trilogy if you haven’t already.

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Also, I looooooove me some butter.

A book you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable.

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Eggs are amazing, how about we start with that?

And then, having made my rhetorical point I will resume to tackle this item. What? That sounds familiar? Right. Because I just quoted the book I’m throwing in next. John Green’s The Fault in Ou—hold up! WHOA WAIT. Drop your pitchforks and torches. I picked up TFIOS in the wake of its hype, you see. So naturally I was a ball of skepticism. Six books later, John Green is one of my Top 5 Favorite Authors.

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A sugary, sweet book.

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I’m so bad with choosing only one like I’m so bad with turning away from cakes. And coffee. And butter in any form. Obviously I can go on and on but I will stop. These two had me smiling, alone on my bed, like the creep that I am.

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 by Rainbow Rowell
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.).

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Reckon I told you John Green is a house favorite? Fact checked. I love Paper Towns to bits and pieces and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FILM ADAPTATION AND THE TRAILER CAME OUT LAST WEEK AND EXCUSE ME. (I’d shoot for The Nights Circus by Erin Morgenstern too, except there’s no comic relief.)

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A book series that you can kind of turn back to for a little pick me up when you’re feeling down.

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I’m not much of a series person but Uncle Rick’s retelling of the Greek (and Roman) Mythology is easily my cushion. In fact, even the fanfiction gets me in most days.

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The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

PS. I am also not the rereader type; To Kill a Mockingbird is an anomaly.

Your favorite book this year so far.

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When you cheated once… No, really, I’m awful at this. (Trivia: a Guardian is my first 2015 read, b The Darkest Part of the Forest is my first from new releases, c Charlie, my nickname for Alex London which he approves and you need not know of, loved The Darkest Part of the Forest.)

Guardian   The Darkest Part of the Forest
 by Alex London
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


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Tagging the following confections:

Joey @ Thoughts After Thoughts
Levi Isaac @ Levi Isaac’s Blog (yes, Joey totally sold me the Levi Isaac)
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Kate @ The Magic Violinist
Miguel @ The Quirky Reader
Cristian @ The Bookish God

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