JOHN GREEN ANNOUNCED HIS NEW BOOK -THIS IS NOT A DRILL! – Bookish

Did you hear!? Did you hear the news?! John Green announced the title and release date of his new book and the book world went NUTS! tumblr_mo0661alAA1r76lino1_500

You know John Green right. Author of The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns (which were movies) His new book which will be released October 10th ( YES THIS YEAR!!) is called Turtles All The Way Down.

I loved the responses from fans and authors alike!

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(From AFT Relax News) It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction (WHAT!?), and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

15837671In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

According to the plot summary, the forthcoming novel focuses on Aza Holmes, a young woman “navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.”
The title will no doubt be cryptic for some and familiar for others. “Turtles All the Way Down” makes reference to a notion in mythology that the entire Earth is supported on the back of a World Turtle, itself perched atop additional turtles. What, then, one might ask, is the last turtle standing on? It is “turtles all the down,” goes the reply.

The novel will be Green’s first since 2012’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” which is focused on two cancer-stricken teenagers, “Turtles All the Way Down” is likewise set to tackle sensitive issues.”This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood,” said Green, “so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.”Green originally announced the new book at VidCon, which wraps up Friday; that event was founded by John Green and his brother Hank Green, who together form the YouTube duo Vlogbrothers. Over on Amazon the book is already a number-one best-seller thanks to eager pre-orders.The book follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes, who copes with mental illness while investigating a missing fugitive billionaire.(Yahoo Entertainment)

I LOVE that more books are being written about mental illness. It’s something that needs to be out there. It’s not taboo.

I am SOOOO excited for this! I mean we’ve all been waiting for this for 5 YEARS!! Please excuse me while I happy dance for the rest of my Friday (and the 3 months and a handful of day sorryimreallynotgoodatmath until this beauty of a book is in my hands!)

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Yes John. Yes you are!

Waiting on Wednesday – The Disappearances

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


32614919What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up. (Goodreads Summary)


Why I Am Waiting

The entire premise of this book is intriguing. Things disappearing every 7 years and crazy things like scents of foods and dreaming. Crazy weird stuff. And crazy weird stuff is what I like! I love mysteries too, and this is one mysterious sounding book! It looks like this will be a stand alone so that will be a nice break from all of these series and trilogies and dulogies that I’m surrounded by!

Eliza and Her Monsters – Book Review

Author: Francesca Zappia
Published: May 30th 2017 by HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health, Fandom
Rating: ★★★★★

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

33401730In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart. (Goodreads Summary).


“She drew so many monsters that she became a monster herself.”

This book is amazing. I read it through in one sitting because I just couldn’t stop. I’m so happy Owlcrate included it in their May Comic Explosion box!

Eliza is the creator of an extremely popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea and the book provided amazing drawings and snippets from this webcomic that the author Francesca Zappia drew HERSELF! How cool! I’m hoping the author will pull a Rainbow Rowell and release a graphic novel of Monstrous Sea, I would read that in a heartbeat. Anyways back to Eliza. She has build this fandom empire from her webcomic, there are tons of people writing fanfic about it, and subscribing to the webcomic. She has an online shop with merchandise that has done so well that she doesn’t even have to worry about paying for college. She is an internet goddess going by the name of LadyConstellation. But offline and outside of her bedroom she is just weird Eliza that people steer clear of. Until she meets Wallace who is the biggest fan of Monstrous Seas and they begin the cutest of awkward friendships!

“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt.
The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”

I really loved Eliza. I can relate to her so well. Well other then drawing being her outlet, I can’t draw to save my life but I do love to read, to lose myself in a story far far away from my reality. Eliza is friendless IRL (by choice), she has two close friends online that she shares everything with. She doesn’t do well in social situations and steers clear of them if she can, as someone with social anxiety I can relate and sympathize. She feels like no one understands her but her online friends. And then she meets Wallace, who also has a stressful time dealing with social situations. I loved their weird little relationship so much! Wallace helps draw Eliza out of her shell a little bit. I also loved Eliza’s younger brothers. She thinks that they don’t really like her but after her secret is released into the world they really had her back. That hit me in the feels.

I appreciate that more and more books are being written about mental illnesses. It helps to know that other suffer too, that your not alone. And it shows those who get to live a normal life what others have to deal with. That we are still people too, just with monsters we have to live with.

I loved this book so much! It might be my favorite release of the year and definitely my favorite that has come in Owlcrate! I highly recommend reading it!

 

Since Owlcrate is sending out more and more books with custom covers I will be comparing them in my reviews. The cover on the left with the green text is the original cover. The one on the left with the yellow is the Owlcrate exclusive cover. I think I like it better.

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“Fight your monsters” – Francesca Zappia

Happy Book Birthday!- Our Dark Duet

 

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Today is the release day for Victoria Schwab’s Our Dark Duet! It is the conclusion for the Monsters of Verity dulogy and the sequle to This Savage Song!

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own. (goodreads summary)


I received This Savage Song in last year’s July Owlcrate and LOVED IT! I really love anything V-Schwab writes. (if you haven’t read her A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy you best get on that ASAP!) It was such a different type of world with monsters and humans living together with the evil acts of humans creating the monsters that we see. We met August, a monster who doesn’t want to be a monster or do monsters things, and Kate who is the daughter of the biggest monster in Verity, a human who runs one side of the city and has taught her to be as ruthless as he is. It’s somewhat hard to even explain but I just couldn’t put it down! Thank God it didn’t end on a cliff hanger, it made it a little easier to wait for Our Dark Duet. I am so excited to read this, it will be the second ending to a series of her’s that I will have read this year. (Way to be productive V-Schwab!) I pre-ordered this baby so it should be on my front porch when I get home if Amazon isn’t lying to me. I can’t wait to start reading it!

I highly recommend reading this series as well as the Shades of Magic series I mentioned earlier and pretty much anything else with Victoria Schwab/V.E. Schwab name on it. She is a fantastic writer with intriguing fantasy worlds. I know I haven’t read this second and final installment yet but that just it, her writing is so good I don’t have to read first recommend later. I can just recommend. But of course I will read, I will ALWAYS read!

Epic Reads Meet Up – Bookish

img_2550Last week I got to attend my very first author event! Sadly not many people feel the need to visit Oklahoma or any of the other fly over states near me so I haven’t had a chance to go to a signing. So when I saw that EpicReads was doing a meet up in Edmond Ok, (about an hour from where I live) I was on it! The were four authors that were visiting:

This meet up was very different then I expected. It wasn’t just a line up and get your book signed and picture with the author type of event. We had 4 chair circles that the authors would sit in for about 15-20 minutes and talk about their book, sign books we had, answer questions and discuss the books and the inspirations behind them before moving on to the next group. It was so much more personal then I expected and I am very grateful for it!

The first author that came to our little circle was Evelyn Skye. She was the one I was most excited to meet since I had binge read her books the month before! She was very nice and so interesting! She almost had a job in the CIA because of her degree in Russian History! She almost gave up writing after 8 books didn’t get published, but then she wrote The Crown’s Game and the rest is history!

She brought a “fan copy” of her book for us all to sign. I think that is so cool, it was so full of signatures and notes! I signed somewhere in the back.

 

The second author was Kim McCreight. I hadn’t read any of her books yet but Reconstructing Amelia is on my TBR and after talking with her, The Outliers and The Scattering are now on my TBR as well.

 

The next author that came by our circle was Joelle Charbonneau. Her book Dividing Eden had just released that day and I was so excited for it. I called up to the bookstore hosting the meet up to make sure I had a copy held for me! Joelle was very eccentric but I loved it! She talked about her observations on twins for her book which was fascinating!

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The last author was Julie Murphy and she was awesome! She was so funny and light hearted and she’s from Texas so it’s almost like we’re neighbors (haha)! After listening to her talk about her books I have added Dumplin and Ramona Blue to my TBR. She describes Dumplin as Julie on the outside and Ramona Blue as Julie on the inside.

It was so great getting to meet all these authors and get my books signed (and PERSONALIZED!) After meeting them I feel a special connection to them and their books. I want to read them all and will probably read whatever they publish next. Does anyone else feel this way when they meet authors?

Also 2 out 4 of these authors said they loved my hair and that is was gorgeous. So they love my hair, I love their books so now we’re best friends obviously! 😜

Thanks Epic Reads and Best of Books in Edmond, Ok for putting on this awesome meet up!

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All the book swag I got from the meet up!

 

 

 

Taylor Goes to HARRY POTTER WORLD!

So waaaaaay back in September Husband and I took our first vacation as a married couple. And where did we go? THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY FREAKING POTTER OF COURSE!! PBT--4

And it was, dare I say, MAGICAL. Sorry, I went there. But Siriusly , it was one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life. We spent 3 days at Universal Orlando and 96% of that time was either spent in Diagon Ally or Hogsmead! It was amazing. A trip every potter head should make! A few notable things:

  • Frozen Butterbeer. Enough said.
  • Butterbeer Icecream = Heavenly
  • Interactive Wands are worth the $$$
  • The spells are harder then they look. (don’t judge me you muggles)
  • We were actually on the younger side of the age curve. Didn’t see that coming
  • I about died when I walked into Diagon Ally for the first time. I literally was crying tears of joy.
  • I almost repeated this while boarding the Hogwarts Express.
  • We ate at the both the Leaky Cauldron and The Three Broomsticks. I felt like a legit wizard.
  • Sadly the Night Bus is permanently parked..
  • Butterbeer Icecream
  • You can still walk through Hogwarts Castle even if your broken and defective and can’t ride roller coasters.
  • The shows throughout the day were amazing. I should have gone to college in Orlando, that would have been a much cooler summer job then slaving away at Old Navy.
  • THE DRAGON BREATHS FIRE!!!!
  • Kreacher peaks his head out at you at 12. Grimmauld Place. You can smile at him but he won’t smile back.
  • The amount of detail put into Diagon Ally was crazy ridiculous and I’m not talking about the spell to fight off a bogart.
  • The sound track to the movies plays in the background the entire time which is magical in and of itself!
  • Wealey Wizard Weezes might be the most magical of all the stores, it really feels like you stepped directly into Half Blood Prince! Next time we go I am going to clean that store out!
  • Moaning Myrtle haunts the ladies toilet in Hogsmede.
  • Gillywater tastes like tap water. Not magical at all.
  • Did I mention they have Butterbeer Icecream
  •  We bought enough candy from Honeydukes to fill a small suitcase. Sirius-ly. It rode coach.
  • Pumpkin Juice is gross but I drank that nastiness like the wizard I am!
  • According to a local we chatted with while in line for Butterbeer – September is the best month to visit Orlando and Universal. Who knew!?

This was such a fun trip! We are planning a return, hopefully next year, and it can’t come soon enough!!

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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