Saturday, May 30, 2015

RT Convention 2015

            Two weeks ago I has the opportunity to go to the Romantic Times Convention. It is such a great opportunity and if you ever get to go, you should GO! I came out of the convention with 25 books! I bought 5 there and brought with me 2. I have eight signed. The total amount of money I spent compared to how many books I got would've been less than $5 a book!! I went to the Teen Day Party and we got to interact with all the authors. We had little class type sessions. I went to speed reading. At this particular one the authors read short snippets from one of their books. Then, I went to a writing tips and techniques session. The only author I knew in their was Kathy Reichs. 
I had a great time and I have some pictures to show you!

            Here is my 25 books! At the end of this post I will list the books and the authors. The Books Standing up are signed. All of the books laying down are books that I got with the bag on the floor. While looking at this picture I realized that Anna and the French Kiss is laying down, but I did get that signed by Stephanie Perkins. 

            This is L. H. Nicole. She has a book called Legendary coming out soon! I need to get it! She's super nice and she was assigned to my group to help us with a quiz to get our books. We lost the quiz, but we had fun doing it!

            This is Erica Cameron. She is super nice , as they all were, and super happy to talk about anything and everything. She, with the help of L. H. Nicole, was with my group during our quiz to get our book bags.

            I have been waiting to meet this amazing person for years! Kiera Cass is funny and, beautiful, and overall one of the best people I have ever met! The Heir, the fourth installment in the Selection series, just came out this month! It is pretty amazing. I love her books and she is just a great person.

            Here is Marie Lu. I didn't get to talk to her for long, but her books are good, so it's okay!

            Sara Raasch is cool. I haven't read anything by her, but I love her hair and I have heard great things about her books.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl co-write "Beautiful Creatures."
I am looking forward to starting this series.

Susane Colasanti is super great. I am also excited to get to read her books!

            This is the first picture I actually took of all the books together. I am in awe of how many I got! This is my biggest book haul yet! I can't wait to have another one like this in the future.

            Here is the amazing and sweet Lauren Oliver. Her newest book is Vanishing Girls. She writes YA, Adult, and for young readers. What a great variety! She also writes the Delirium trilogy.

            This is Scott Westerfeld. He writes the Uglies series. I am almost finished with the first one and I am loving it!

            Kathy Reichs is the screenwriter for "Bones". It is a crime show and it is based off of her books. I got the first book in the series about Temperance Brennen. This was such a great opportunity to meet her!

               Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite authors of all time! She wrote, "Anna and the French Kiss." Stephanie and Kiera are ladies that are beautiful inside and out. It feels surreal that I got to meet them. Both of those ladies write incredible books. They are sweet, and cute, funny, amazing and they are just great people! 

            I cannot wait for my next book convention! I got some great books! I love to share my love for books with other! I brought along with me a friend and my younger sister. Also with us was my Mom, my aunt Heather and my friends dad.! We all enjoyed this and I know that this was worth my money!

             So on this list of books that I got, I have only read about 2 of them. Since my summer break started yesterday I am going to enjoy my summer reading the books I got at the convention. Here's the list:

  1.  The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  2. How We Fall by Kate Brauning
  3. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  4. City Love by Susane Colasanti
  5. Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
  6. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  7. Of Metal and WIshes by Sarah Fine
  8. A Tale of Two Cities by Rachel Harris
  9. One Perfect Summer by Rachel Hawthorne
  10. Reawakened by Colleen Houck
  11. Reborn by C. C. Hunter
  12. Insomnia by J. R. Johansson
  13. A School For Brides by Patrice Kindl
  14. Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
  15. Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh
  16. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  17. Allure by Lea Nolan
  18. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
  19. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  20. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  21.  Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs
  22. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
  23. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
  24. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  25. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

If you click on the authors name it will take you to their website and you can learn more about them and their books! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Readers Problem Tag

So I was tagged by Confessions of a Book Addict to do the Readers Problem tag. It seems pretty cool so let's do it!

 1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. (To Be Read) How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I would talk to my reading buddies and see what all the bookstagramers are reading right now. If I found one that looked super good I'd probably pick it up and read it.

 2. You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or are you commited?

I guess it depends on the book. If I have to read something for school, then I definitely finish it!  If I don't have to read it for anything, then I would stop reading it. I am reading for fun and if I am not enjoying it, oh well!

 3. The end of the year is coming and you're so close, yet so far from you Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try and catch up and how?

Well I am not on Goodreads, so that's out. But if I set a goal for myself, then I'll try to make it by making more time to read.

 4. The covers of a series you love does not match. How do you cope?

Get a new one if I can afford it!!! If not, then I would wait till I could afford it.

 5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don't like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I would probably find a friend on Instagram that likes books as much as I do, who shares the same feelings as me, to bond with. A girl always needs someone to share these things with!

 6. You're reading a book and you're about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Go ahead and cry!! I don't cry a lot.\, so I probably wouldnt have this problem, but if I did there is no shame crying in public.

 7. A sequal of a book you loved just came out, but you've forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequal? Try to find a summary on goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

I would go back to the end of the prior novel and hope I can remember what happened. If I still can't remember what happened, then I'll go ahead and read the sequal. This book might remind me of what happened.

 8. You do not want anyone- ANYONE- borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope  when they ask?

I would tell them that I do not feel comfortable with them borrowing my books.There is a chance they might loose it and that is not okay with me.

 9. Reading ADD. You've picked up 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Read some contemporary YA romance. That's my favorite thing to read!!

 10. There are so many books coming out that you're dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I would buy as many of them that I could afford. There is no such thing as too many books!!!

 11. After you've bought the new books you can't wait to get to. how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to read them?

They do not even make it on the shelf! I read them the first moment I can. That means the first night I get them!!! I'll probably stay up all night reading it too!

I tag anyone who wants to do this. Take each question and answer it yourself!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

            Mad Love is such a cute book. I read it around Valentines and I realized I haven't reviewed it yet. This book is about Cupid. Cupid, otherwise known as Errol, wants his real love story to be written. Every time someone has written his story they always create a happy ending for it, but that is not how it happened. Alice is the daughter of the "Queen of Romance" does she have what it takes to write Errol's love story? I sure hope so.

           This book has some amazing lessons to teach its readers. A) the universal truths about beauty. I don't know if it is necessarily true, but either way the last one is my favorite. 1)"The first universal truth about beauty is that all guys like long hair." 2) "The second universal truth about beauty is that all guys like big eyes." 3) and by far my favorite, "The third universal truth about beauty is that no guy's gonna think you're beautiful if you don't believe it yourself." This is some good advice. Love yourself.

            Some more good advice... "It comes down to this- you either go and get what you want or you don't--" I think that's pretty clear. Don't procrastinate. Which I suck at. I am really good at procrastinating. I would go as far as to say I am a pro. But we shouldn't do that. Especially when we want something.

             Although this is fictional, I think that this book teaches a lot of beneficial things. And sooner or later it might come down to losing something if we don't go and get it.So do what you have to do. Keep reading and love yourself!!!

"Never be ashamed of who you are...Who you really are."--Suzanne Selfors

Monday, May 4, 2015

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

            Dear John makes me think of the song Dear John by Taylor Swift. I have never been on a date let alone been in a relationship where anything has been serious. But I can imagine that I would be devastated if I was completely in love with this person and then they break up with me. The lyrics to the chorus are" Dear John, I see it all now that you're gone./ Don't you think I was to young/ to be messed with?/ The girl in the dress/ Cried the whole way home, I should've known" 
            John and Savannah did not know each other for very long, but I don't think it takes a long time to love someone. The kind of love that they shared is different than you would have with most people. In fact, most people love a lot of people. Your best friend. Your sister. Your mother. You nieces and nephews. There are so many people in this world to love. This lady came and she talked to a group of people at my church. One of the things that she talked to us about was love. Sometimes we make it hard to love people, but really it is not that hard. She gave us a few steps. 1. Break the ice. It can be hard to share things with a person, but honestly if you get through the small talk part, it will not be that bad. 2. Share with them something you have a hard time with. Because we are all struggling with something. For John it was the distance between the people that he loved. 3. Find something that you would do together. You would be amazed at the connection that would make. You have to find something in common and then not necessarily make it a commitment, but it means that it is something you can do together. and lastly 4. Something that you would say to them if you knew that that would be the last time you ever saw them and they were out of birthdays(like they are gonna die).  
            These few steps are ones that John and Savannah took, minus the last step. They got to know a little about each other and they shared things about themselves that no one else knew. They had plans. By the title I can imply that some breaking up is gonna happen, but the little twist that Nicholas Sparks presents in the book really gives me a great perspective on love. This is a beautiful story and I highly encourage this book.

"I finally understood what true love meant... love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be."
-Nicholas Sparks