Overview: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Summer vibes ☀️
  2. Excellent execution of a main character struggling with religion + life
  3. STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN WHO DON’T NEED NO MAN
  4. Seriously the best summer book you’ll ever read
  5. The “summer camp” book I needed by never got in my childhood !!!!!!!
  6. THE REALNESS OF THESE CHILDREN OMG
  7. One of my favorite mom and daughter relationships
  8. THE JOKES, MAN, THE JOKES
  9. Teen pregnancy? Trans character? Yes plz
  10. I can’t even explain in words how relatable this book is read it NOW OKAY BYE

Overview: When We Collided by Emery Lord


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Main character struggling with mental health (anxiety + bipolar disorder)
  2. Alternating views between the two main characters! (Jonah is a real treat, y’all)
  3. Small-town beach life 
  4. Mom vs. young adult struggles
  5. Clear focus on sibling relationships
  6. PERFECT FOR SUMMER READING
  7. Nobody “fixes” anybody
  8. Jonah’s cooking skills amirite?
  9. Vivi’s unapologeic love of anything she’s interested in
  10. Tear jerking resolution leaving you satisfied yet unsatisfied at the same time

Book Signing: Emery Lord, Brittany Cavallaro, and Emily Henry

Joseph-Beth Cincinnati hosted two back-to-back signings with my newest favorite contemporary authors! First up: Emery Lord for her newest book The Names They Gave Us

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5/15/17
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Waiting for Emery!
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She’s hilarious.

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Emery made us cookies!

Emery was hilarious and down to earth! I had just finished her book When We Collided two days prior to this, and when I told her that it destroyed me she suggested I read something more lighthearted between it and The Names They Gave Us because it would destroy me too! She’s one of the most effortlessly funny people I’ve ever met.

Day Two involved meeting Brittany Cavallaro for her newest book The Last of August and Emily Henry for A Million Junes!

(I haven’t ready anything by Emily yet, so I also picked up The Love That Split The World.)

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5/16/17
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Waiting for Brittany and Emily!
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Their friendship is #goals.
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How cute are they?!

Brittany and Emily are best friends, and it was so cute to watch them interact with each other and lead the discussion! They had us laughing, crying, and wanting to be in their #squad. It was a seriously great time, with some seriously awesome ladies! I’ve never met anyone more kind than these two.

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Meeting Cassie and eating the cupcakes Emily’s mom made us!

Emily’s mom made everyone these DELICIOUS cupcakes, and I got to enjoy mine with Cassie, a friend from OTSP Secret Sister! it was great meeting her and getting to hang out with her on both nights of signings!

Both signings were small and intimate, and there were some great questions asked! I love getting to go to these events, and couldn’t believe some of my newest faves coming this close to my tiny area! I still had to drive an hour and a half to get to them, but if they got any closer they’d have to host it in a corn field.

Two Year Blogaversary: A Short Letter

Dear Self and Readers,

Today marks my two year Blogaversary!

I started this blog as a venting process for an ended relationship, and as a way to relate my feeling to my favorite books or characters.

(Blogging is cheaper than therapy, homies.)

Now I do overviews of the books I read, and other posts like discussion topics, and interviews with other bloggers!

It’s been a long road, but I’m finally happy with where I am, blog-wise. I’ve made a commitment of posting once per week – no matter how busy my life is – and it’s working out for me! I stock pile book reviews and schedule posts like, “Today I’m Recommending…” and what I’ve found is: I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN!

Before, I felt so pressure to do lengthy reviews and discussion posts and get a million ARCs like the bloggers who had been doing this since before I could talk. It was so unrealistic of me, and blogging started to suck. I’m so excited that I’ve found this rhythm.

I still don’t get a lot of traffic to each post, but I love doing it for ME and for those who do happen to read, and appreciate, them.

I didn’t think I would be this involved in the community two years ago. I’ve made friends through the OTSP Secret Sister group that I never would have otherwise! I go to events and pick up swag and even joined Bookstagram.

I can’t wait to see where I’m at this time next year!

xo

Marissa

 

Overview: A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. KELL AND ALUCARD BANTER CAN I GET AN AMEN
  2. A villain that’s not Holland (I love him but I wanted a really super evil bad guy and bOY DID I GET ONE)
  3. Lila Bard casually being amazing
  4. The absolute elegance that is Rhy. Full stop.
  5. Every scene that takes place on a boat was my favorite scene. There are a lot of boat scenes. 
  6. A NEW METHOD OF CURRENCY THAT MY POOR BABY ALUCARD SEEMS ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH 😥
  7. Said new method of currency; I promise you’ll never see it coming.
  8. BLACK MAGIC
  9. Realistic almost-death around every corner – no character is spared *hyperventalites*
  10. The best wrap up to a trilogy that you’ll ever read in your entire life.

Overview & Giveaway: The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Apollo’s commentary on mortal things had mE CRACKING UP. 
  2. Casual name drop mentions and AN APPEARENCE by some of our fave characters from Riordan’s other series. 
  3. STUFF BLOWS UP
  4. Scary prophecy in sonnet form
  5. My homeboy Leo Valdez
  6. Two kick-ass women in love and fighting for their daughter
  7. Sneaky, sneaky foreshadowing 
  8. Realistic casualties of battle
  9. Apollo having to confront his now-evil-former-lover
  10. Tater tots 

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway of this awesome book on my Bookstagram: https://instagram.com/p/BTm0bDKlrxU/

Protocol for Interacting with a Celebrity on Social Media

They are not your dad (or mom), they do not need you to reply “i love you” to every tweet, and they most certainly do not want proposals of marriage. 

Celebrities use their social platforms to interact with fans and generally, there is an unspoken social contract involving a lot of respect- BUT, there’s a right way and a wrong way to interact. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of people abusing this contract. 

The first thing to keep in mind, is that celebrities do not have to use social media. They’re busy; they have personal lives and jobs just like you. 

Not all celebrities do use social media, often times leaving the posts up to their teams. It is becoming more common for them to take the metaphorical driver’s seat, however. 

Here are a few general guidelines of what to do when interacting with a celebrity online:

1. DO be polite! If you start tweeting obscene things to get attention, that’s a one-way ticket to block-ville. This person will either block you or ignore you. Either way, why bother? You’re commenting to get a response, right? Being polite increases your chances!

2. DO be humorous! Celebrities interacting with people in a funny context is popular right now. Just make sure your joke isnt offensive or inappropriate. 

3. DO use restraint! Celebrities get thousands of notifications every single day. Tweeting or commenting fifty times won’t get you noticed, and it will most likely annoy them. Wouldn’t it annoy you?

4. DO NOT be sexually inappropriate. Lin-Manuel Miranda is not your “dad” and JLo is not your “mom”. If you want to call your significant other daddy or mommy, you do you, but don’t force that kind of interaction on someone you don’t know. 

In the end, I’m not your mama, but please remember that these celebrities – the people you admire – are people first.