Full Circle

Hello Readers!

I get quite a few e-mails offering me many opportunities to read and review books here on The BookBandit Blog. Some of those very generous offers I accept, others I do not mainly because of time and/or restrictions. A few weeks ago I received one of those e-mails.

And in all honesty, I’ve never been more happy to receive such an e-mail and such an offer. I was offered an advanced copy of If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski.

You may not know anything about this book. You may not know anything about Jamie Tworkowski. But I do.

Many years ago, fresh out of college I decided to to start writing my own independent music magazine, or rather zine for short. Yes, I ran my own independent music zine for almost two years or so. And during that time period I wrote a lot. I wrote music reviews, I interviewed bands, musicians, and others within the music world, and I wrote a lot about the music scene I considered myself a part of.

One of those people I interviewed was Jamie Tworkowski – not just the author of this upcoming book – but also the founder of the nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). Jamie was one of the first people I interviewed face to face. And in all seriousness, probably the most memorable interviews and experiences.

Now, I may not be interviewing Jamie here on the blog, but I will get the chance to read his words, to still be inspired by the stories this book holds, and I’m ever so happy that I will get to share my thoughts on this book with all of you, dear readers.

It’s full funny how things work out, and how full circle things have come. But here we are. So I hope that you’ll stay tuned to hear all of my thoughts on If You Feel Too Much!

 

 

I’m Gonna Wreck It

Hello Readers!

I’m embarking on an exciting new venture!

While strolling through a local Target store, I stopped by the book section (seriously, why WOULDN’T I stop by the book section) just to see if there was anything good. Of course I found a number of books I wanted but I resisted the urge to buy all the books. Until I stumbled upon Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal. One lonesome journal just screaming to be given a good home.

I picked it up, and put it down. I picked it up again and yes, put it down again. I moved on, and continued to stroll the store. As I strolled I was thinking of all the fun possibilities I could have with that journal. And on an impulse I ran back to the journal, scooped it up, and took it home with me.

Since I’ve been plotting and planning, and I’m ready to reveal my new venture: Wrecking This Journal!

For the foreseeable future I will be posting videos documenting and images capturing of all the ways I am wrecking my journal. At the beginning of the week I’ll be documenting what pages I will be completing within the journal, and later on I will be showing some fun pictures of the actual wreckings! Each post will contain five (5) to ten (10) completed pages.

So, as you can see from the above video those are the few pages I will be completing during the week.

I bet you are wondering why I am doing this? Especially since it’s been done plenty of times before me. There are many reasons why I decided to take on this project. But there are only two important reasons. One, I think it will be a great creative outlet. And two, I feel like it will help me not be so precise. Let me further explain that one … you see whenever I’m writing with a pen and a piece of paper, if I don’t like way I’ve written, or if I wrote just a bit crookedly I will tear the page out and start over. It’s not a big problem, but it kind of bugs me. It’s wasteful, and I don’t want to be wasteful. So I though this would be a good way to “get over” my writing perfectionism.

Oh, and there is a third reason – it just sounds plain fun! And who doesn’t love fun!

So readers, I hope you will embark on this new, exciting venture with me. And that you stay tuned for all the wrecking that will happen to this journal.

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fave Authors

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of these posts.)

Hello Readers!

And welcome to today’s Top Ten Tuesday post! And I’m going to be honest – this is a really difficult topic. How can anyone expect me to pick only 10 authors?! It’s nearly impossible. But I’m going to do it … for you dear readers! And for added bonus, I’m even going to tell what my fave book by them is — just for fun.

(This list is in no particular order)

Dreamland

RAVEN

DIVINERS

SOMUCHCLOSER

LOLA

Darkest

Tithe

Clarity

Bliss

Boyfriend

Eleanor&Park

 

Girl Online

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (a.k.a Zoella) & Siobhan Curham

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Penny’s life is far from perfect. She’s awkward around cute boys. Her best girl friend is slowly turning into the worst kind of frenemy. And then there’s the panic attacks she’s experienced ever since the terrible car accident she was in months ago.

In order to help cope, Penny creates an online alias – GirlOnline. Through her online blog Penny has the chance to, not only share her inner most thoughts and feelings, but she has the chance to connect with other people who are going through the same tough times as she goes through.

But when an embarrassing video shows up of Penny in her knickers shows up online, Penny can’t face anything or anyone.

So when Penny’s mother convinces the whole family to accompany her to New York City, where she’ll be planning a British themed wedding, Penny jumps at the chance to escape Brighton and her real life for a bit. In New York, Penny finds more that flashy billboards and shining lights. She finds Noah. And through Noah, she finds love.

But can this insta-love survive long distance, online celebrity, and Noah’s deep dark secret?

Written by YouTube sensation, Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella) and Siobhan Curham, Girl Online is a contemporary read about a teen girl navigating the tough terrain of adolescence.

The writing that fills that pages of this book is good. What makes it so is the conversational tone that it takes on. Penny’s story doesn’t feel as if it’s being told to readers. Instead, it often feels as if Penny is conveying the story to readers herself. Because of that conversational tone, readers will find themselves caught up in the goings on of the story.

I liked Penny as a main character. The reason being because I felt that she was easy to relate to. Beyond that, she was easy to see oneself in. Penny shows that being a teenage girl is NOT easy – there’s acne, boy troubles, insecurities, and not to mention those pesky panic attacks. But through it all, she shows that teenage girls preserver. Bottom line, I found Penny to be honestly flawed and a character that has the potential to grow.

Girl Online is told in alternating chapters. Chapters where readers get to know Penny the character, and other chapters where reader’s get to know Penny, GirlOnline. Sugg excels at balancing both the character and the online personality. She also excels is showing readers the importance of maintaining privacy in an online world.

Another aspect of Girl Online that I personally really enjoyed were the dual settings. Starting out in Brighton, England as a reader who has never been there I loved the feeling that I was getting to know this foreign place. And than the setting swiftly changes to New York City – a place I’m pretty familiar with. I loved getting the chance to know NYC from an outsider’s perspective – with fresh eyes and renewed visibility.

Because I am a long time fan of Sugg’s YouTube channels, I went into Girl Online knowing that I was going to like this book. And I did like it. But I didn’t love it – the plot was a bit predictable, the characters – with the exception of Penny – weren’t fully fleshed out, and ultimately didn’t live up to the high hopes I had for it. But from a sheer entertainment standpoint, I really did enjoy this book, and if there are any more  adventures involving GirlOnline, I probably would read them!

(Picture from GoodReads)

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purpose of these posts.)

Hello Readers!

I read a lot of books. Through reading all of those books I learned a lot, and taken a lot away from them. Some of those things I have taken away from the books I loved, liked, and even disliked are quotes that have left a lasting impression.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is dedicated to my top ten fave quotes!

Fangirl

 Anna

Alice

SinceYouveBeenGone

MissPeregine

Mockingbird

DarkestPartoftheForest

NearWitch

darkestminds

ThisSong

Let’s Celebrate!

Hello Readers!

You’ll never guess what today is! It’s The BookBandit Blog’s birthday!!!!

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Yes, it’s true, as of today the BookBandit Blog is officially a whooping five years old! And to celebrate I’m giving away not one but a total of four different prize packs – all of which include some signed swag!

Let’s just jump right in!

Prize Pack #1:

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Includes a hardcover copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, a Find Me slap bracelet, a bookplate signed by author Leanna Hieber, and A Wounded Name sticker.

Prize Pack #2

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Advanced Readers Copies of Undead and Unfed by Kirsty McKay, a Hysteria bookmark signed by author Megan Miranda, an “Ask Me About Goosebumps” pin, and a Coldest Girl In Coldtown glow stick.

Prize Pack #3

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Advanced Readers Copy of Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston, an Enchanted magnet, and a Book Shimmy tote signed by Ally Condi, Ryan Graudin, and Stephanie Perkins.

Prize Pack #4

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Advanced Readers Copy of Afterworlds signed by author Scott Westerfeld, an “I Have a Compulsion for Reading” sticker, an a sheet of Maureen Johnson themed magnetic poetry.

There may be a few extra surprise goodies in each prize pack.

Giveaway is open from April 3rd until April 30th. Four winners will be selected at random, and will be contacted via e-mail on May 1st. Winners will have forty-eight hours to respond to e-mail with shipping information. If shipping info is not recieved by Monday May 4th, a new winner will be selected. Remember, you can enter for one or all of the prize packs!

Thanks for celebrating with me! Good luck!!

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Between Us and the Moon

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel (advanced e-ARC from publisher via Edelweiss)

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When Bean’s boyfriend breaks up with her unexpectedly, it seems as if her whole world has been shattered into a million little pieces. For the first time, Bean truly feels alone. As summer fast approaches, Bean decides the best way to get over that loser is to throw herself into the tracking the progression of an oncoming comet.  And the Cape is the perfect place to track it.

But the comet isn’t the distraction she needs. Instead, she thinks up a new experiment to focus on. An experiment that won’t only lead her to the kind of person she wants to be, but one that leads to nineteen year old Andrew.

Andrew is the kind of guy Bean has always wanted, but never thought she could land on her own. He’s smart, he’s funny, and best of all he seems to see who she is from the inside out.  But the only thing he doesn’t see is just how young really Bean is.

Her one little lie seems to have snowballed into an almost uncontrollable situation. One that, if exposed, can ruin everything she has worked so hard for. But more than that, one that could possibly ruin the life of someone she has fallen head over heels in love with.

Through all the wrongs, Bean will finally finds the person she longs to be. But will she be brave enough to right all the wrongs that she has set into motion?

Offering promises of summer love and self discovery, Between Us and the Moon is a debut contemporary written by author Rebecca Maizel.

The writing that fills Between Us and the Moon is strong. In fact, it was the reason which kept me reading. I really enjoyed the picture that author Maizel painted in my mind’s eye. The backdrop in which this book was set – Cape Cop – was lush, and the characters were vividly realistic.  Maizel’s writing kept me invested – not only in the outcome of the story, but also the evolution of her main character.

Beyond the writing I seriously enjoyed all the science that was featured within the pages of Between Us and the Moon. So much so, that I actually found myself wishing for more.  And still, I loved how the progression of the comet mirrored the progression of main character Bean.

Speaking of main character Bean, I honestly didn’t love her. There were moments when I was fully on her side, rooting for her to truly follow her heart and be honest. But then there were other moments where I simply wanted to shake some sense into her in hopes of making her see the errors of her ways.  But my biggest issue taken with Bean was the fact that she was so blind the repercussions of her actions, and how those actions wouldn’t just affect her life, but the people in her life – the people she supposedly cares about.

Between Us and the Moon was a book that I personally was super excited about.  But as I read, I consistently felt let down. I had many issues with this book, issues that I simply could not overlook. It truly bothered me that Bean couldn’t just be the smart girl, who relied on her brains to land the guy.  Instead, she strived to be someone she was not by using her body and her girlish charms.

The other issue I had with this book was the competition between main character Bean and her older sister Scarlett. I felt that the competition was something made up in Bean’s head, and was used to fuel her own, often selfish motives.  To me, as a reader Scarlett came off as a typical older sibling.

Between Us and the Moon was a book that I wanted to love. I wanted to be swept up and away with the summer romance, instead it frustrated me. But just because it was not my kind of book, it doesn’t mean that it will not be yours, dear reader. I truly hope you will read this book, and share you thoughts/feelings with me!

(The above image from GoodReads)