The Book Blogger Test Tag

The Book Blogger Test Tag

Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but unfortunately WordPress hates me so it’s slightly delayed. Sorry about that!

I was tagged by the lovely Ashley over at Words We Heart for the Book Blogger Test tag – thank you so much! :) Questions and answers are below (plus, Kim might be joining me for this later on as well! Yay!).

What are your top three book pet hates?

1. Too many typos in…

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US Book Haul!

Helloooo, everyone! Remember me? (That other person who writes for YA Asylum sometimes?) Alas, I’ve been pretty silent here over the past couple of weeks – for which I apologise. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get Wifi for less than 30 bucks a night in Los Angeles! But the good news is, I’m back in action, having arrived back home a couple of days ago… and on top of that, I…

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NA Debut Cover Reveal: SHAMELESS!

NA Debut Cover Reveal: SHAMELESS! (AMAZING cover and book btw!!)

IFB is hosting the cover reveal for Nina Lemay’s NA Contemporary Romance. See it below and continue for the giveaway:

Release date: August 18th 2014
Synopsis via Goodreads: ~New Adult Contemporary Romance — recommended for mature readers~
Girls like me don’t get happy endings.
I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my…

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the clearest moment of our friendship

favorite character meme: 2/7 scenes

"Dad, I know I’ve left messages before. I don’t even know if you get ‘em. But I’m with Sam and we’re in Lawrence and there’s something in our old house. I don’t know if it’s the thing that killed Mom or not… but…”


No matter how many times I see this, I still can’t decide whose face is the best.

A Shy Introvert’s Guide to Stiefvater Signings


I’ve gotten a lot of messages and asks about what to expect/ do/ not do at one of my signings, so I thought I’d do a big post about it. Many of them strike me as the questions of shy introverts — I could be projecting, as I’m still an introvert, and used to be quite shy myself, but I think not.Back in the day, I used to dread speaking on the phone and hated to go to any sort of social event where I might inadvertently violate some unspoken social code that everyone else somehow knew but I had missed. I’d do as much research as I could before the actual thing, and then, if I still couldn’t figure out if I’d feel embarrassed not knowing how to get in line or how to get a drink or where to park my car or whatever, I just wouldn’t go.

Readers are often shy people — that’s why they like books, I mean, is a novel going to LAUGH AT YOU BEHIND ITS HAND? No. Books do not have hands. So this is a guide for my shy readers (and perhaps useful to not-so-shy newbies).

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this gets even funnier when you learn it wasn’t scripted; misha wasn’t paying attention so richard intervened



The only accurate way to report that 1 out of 4 Americans are skeptical of global warming is to say: A poll finds that 1 out of 4 Americans are wrong about something.

john oliver getting it right


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- Lori M. Lee talks about her upcoming novel Gates of Thread and Stone.
- The Pickerington Public Library hosts its first YA Author Fest.
- Author and LGBTQIA+ activist Nancy Garden passed away on June 23rd.
- Kevin Brooks’ The Bunker Diary was awarded the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal.
The GDRWA announced the finalists of their 2014 Bookseller’s Best Awards.
- The Edinburgh International Book Festival announced their line-up of authors.
- The Texas Teen Book Festival named Lauren Oliver its closing speaker.
Angry Robot shut down its young adult imprint Strange Chemistry.
- A reading program in Florida was cancelled due to a complaint against Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.
- Marissa Meyer announced a prequel to the Lunar Chronicles series.
- Brenna Yovanoff will release Fourteen Dreams with Delacatore Press.
- Leila Howland sold an untitled novel to Disney-Hyperion.
- Crown Books acquires Nisha Sharma's My So-Called Bollywood Life.
- Hyperion Children’s will publish Carrie Firstone's debut The Wishwellians.
- Crown Books will publish Kevin Emerson's Breakout.
- Jason Reynolds sold his next two YA novels to Atheneum.
- Lisa Williamson's debut The Art of Being Normal will hit shelves in spring 2016.
- Carolrhoda Labs acquiredShannon Gibney's untitled debut.
- Simon Pulse will publish This Side of Infinity by debut author Emily Martin.
- Swoon Reads will publish Temple West's Velvet.
Jenny Kaczorowski sold The Trick To Landing to Bloomsbury Spark.
- The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks will be published in the U.S.
- Literary agent Katelyn Detweiler's novel Immaculate will hit shelves in fall 2015.
- Morgan Rhodes will release a spin-off to the Falling Kingdoms series.
- Estelle Laure sold her debut contemporary to HMH Books for Young Readers.
- Simon & Schuster acquired Stacey Kade's new novel After Life.
- First Second Books will publish an LGBTQIA+ graphic novel.
- Abbi Glines will release a series about "Southern bad boys" with Simon Pulse.
- Katherine Tegen Books bought Mackenzi Lee's Frankenstein retelling.
- Scholastic will publish Alan Gratz’s new thriller Code of Honor.
- Simon Pulse acquires new novel from Jocelyn Davies.
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired Cathy Lo's debut This Is How It Ends.
- Imperative Entertainment acquired film rights to E. Lockhart's We Were Liars.
- Warner Bros. optioned Jandy Nelson's upcoming novel I’ll Give You The Sun.
- John Green appeared on The Colbert Report.
- BookCon will become a two-day event in 2015.
- In Off the Page, Ari discusses shares her love of fantasy worlds.
In Plays with Words, E.M. Caines talks about putting character first.
In Once Upon A Tweet, Alison Ng finds the best of authors on social media.
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New Neil Gaiman book- working on the cover…


New Neil Gaiman book- working on the cover…

The LGBT community is vast and varies widely in their needs and struggles. I hope the nation does not think that instituting same-sex marriage means those struggles are over. The gravest violences queer and trans people face are not related to marriage. They’re related to health care, to housing, to police brutality and profiling, to prison, to detention, to employment, to poverty, to homelessness. Stonewall was a riot initiated by transgender people and poor folks in response to police brutality, not a marriage ceremony or pride parade. This is a legacy we have a responsibility to. Some folks told me ‘congratulations’ or ‘great news’ on the day the ruling happened. I don’t want congratulations. I want us to refocus our energy and attention to the most severe issues this community faces.
Janani Balasubramanian of DarkMatter & Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, LGBT struggles go beyond marriage equality (via thepeoplesrecord)