SBPT Tour with Mia from Mia in Narnia

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Hello Readers!

Today, as part of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by The Book Bratz, I’m featuring Mia from the blog Mia in Narnia. And I’m super excited about sharing her post with everyone today!

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Hello there!

I’m Mia from the blog Mia in Narnia (http://www.miainnarnia.blogspot.co.uk), and I’m really excited to be here today as part of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour.

Because me and Nicole live in totally different places, we thought it would be interesting to talk about the bookshops we go to and our favourite stores near where we live. Nicole will be sharing her favourite local book stores on my blog soon, so you can compare the two posts and see how different book stores are in different countries!

I live in a small-ish town in Northern England (I’m not telling you exactly where, but you wouldn’t want to come here anyway) which is unfortunately lacking in any good bookshops. We have pretty much no independent bookshops or second hand bookshops, and there is pretty much only one large chain bookshop in the entire town. Basically, my range of local bookshops is tragically limited, but I’ve still managed to compile a list of where I like to get my books.

1: THE ENTIRE CITY OF LONDON
This doesn’t really count, but I love going to London for book shopping.  It’s basically a treasure trove of cool book shops, and I definitely recommend you have a look around for them if you’re here in England. Every time I go I find new bookshops that I love, but my favourite has to be Foyles. You can find some London book shop recommendations here:  http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/shopping/hobbies-and-interests/books/top-bookshops-in-london

2: WATERSTONES
Waterstones is the biggest book shop chain in the UK (I’m not sure about other countries, but it’s basically the equivalent of America’s Barnes & Noble), and it’s the only one with a branch in my town. This is where I get the majority of my books, and where I spend a lot of my time.

3: CHARITY SHOPS
What my town lacks in book shops, it makes up for in charity shops. Seriously, there are so many charity shops it’s ridiculous. I honestly have no idea if charity shops are a thing around the world or not, but basically they’re second hand shops where all the money made goes to charity. A lot of the time I don’t find any books I want, but I’ve come across some real hidden gems in charity shops and they’re always a fraction of the price. Most of the books I find cost less than £1, and it all goes to a good cause!

4: THE INTERNET
This one doesn’t really count either, but like I said- I don’t have a lot of options. The internet is not a book shop, nor is it local to me, but it is where I get a lot of my books. Of course the internet is something everyone around the world can access and not something to the UK but I just had to mention it!

Thank you so much for reading, and thank you so much to Nicole for featuring me on her lovely blog!

About the Blogger – Mia in Narnia

Mia is a fifteen year old reader, aspiring writer and obsessive fangirl. In real life she resides in England, but would much rather live between the pages of a book or in her favorite fictional world- Narnia. When she’s not reading she enjoys eating cheesecake, watching bad TV and looking at pictures of Meerkats. Her blog Mia in Narnia was created on Christmas day 2014 as a way for her to share her love for everything bookish.

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Reading Mia’s post makes me just want to hop on a plane and visit England again! And I’m sure she makes you, dear readers, feel the same way! Be sure to check out her blog, you won’t be disappointed!

Thank You Mia for contributing such a great post!

The Boys of Summer With Andi from Andi’s ABCs

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Hello Readers!

For today’s Boys of Summer post, I’m hosting someone who isn’t a stranger here on the BookBandit Blot. In fact, she has appeared here on the blog for previous posts. If you can’t guess, it’s Andi from Andi’s ABCs.

Andi is an awesome blogger with a great fashion sense! So it wouldn’t be here if she didn’t combine the two things she loves most: books and clothes!

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The best thing about reading is the swoons. I have said it once and I will say it a million times, there is nothing I love more in a good book than a romance that makes my tummy flip with excitement. There are a lot of great books out there that have given me this awesome feeling, but there are 5 boys that I swoon over even just thinking about them. These 5 boys are my favorite book boyfriends (so much so in fact that I have read the books they are in at least 2 times each).

Since these 5 boys have such different personalities I decided I would show you what I think their main gals would wear on a date with them based on the activity they would do.

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Etienne would definitely take his girl Anna to her favorite place in the whole world, the movies. Since Anna is a movie critic he would totally understand her need to have a notebook so she could jot down what she was thinking after the film is over. And since Etienne is vertically challenged Anna would wear flats to not give him a complex. And the shirt is so her it isn’t even funny.

nicole2Ah, Theo James, er, um, Four.  My hot, gruff guy. Since he and Tris always seem to get into trouble, they really wouldn’t be able to do much on a date just in case. It would be practical for Tris to wear clothes that can move because most likely they will end up running from some authority figure because they did one thing or another. And since all Dauntless wear black (and I still had trouble seeing Theo, er, um, Four in color in Insurgent) black it is.

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Matt Finch, the country cutie that you must call by his first and last name. Since Reagan has a style that is very much less country I think she would make a kind of compromise when Matt Finch takes her to a country show. She would wear cowboy boots, but black ones paired with a short dress and leather jacket. And of course she would have her camera and expensive bag/case that Dee bought her.

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By far the fanciest date would be with Tamlin. Since these 5 boys have such different personalities I decided I would show you what I think their main gals would wear on a date with them based on the activity they would do.

And Feyre’s. Funny thing is they would never leave his mansion, but it would still be black tie all the way. I recently got to dress Feyre and Tamlin on my blog for a post and had found so many dresses for Feyre. When I came across this one I knew it was a winner for her date with the sexy fae lord.

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I will admit that although I love Jeremiah Brown with a passion, I would HATE this date. I do not run…like ever. But I picked the outfit with Annie as the one wearing it and there is no doubt in my mind that they would have a running date.  Having been dating Jere for a while Annie has picked up some of his more quirky habits and would totally wear this shirt he gave her. And even though wearing a necklace while running might not be the best of ideas, she would have to wear a lightning bolt necklace that he gave her (I totally need this scene to happen!) because she never takes it off.

So there you have it, my book boyfriend and what their gals would wear on a date.

Thanks for having me Nicole. It was fun.

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No, THANK YOU Andi for taking part in this feature! I love your post, and I know all of my dear readers will love this post too!

For more info about Andi be sure to check her out at Andi’s ABCs — you will not be disappointed!

Boys of Summer Featuring Nicole from Nicole’s Novel Reads!

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Hello Readers!

Today I am featuring, not only a great blogger, but my  also #OTSPSecretSiter for the past six months and more than that, my friend, Nicole from Nicole’s Novel Reads!

Nicole has created an awesome post for The Boys of Summer feature, so without further adieu …

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Summer Bookish Boyfriend Road Trip

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The weather is getting warmer, the sun is beaming and when is it a better time to take a road trip? Now, we’re not just going on any road trip. We’re going to pack our bags and travel to visit many bookish boyfriends. The Summer Bookish Boyfriend Road Trip will feature eight stops in the United States with one optional overseas stop.

START: STOP 1

Bookish Boyfriend: Carter Penrose from The Sententia series by Cara Bertrand  Location: Northwestern, MA                                                                                                                        Date: Coffee at the bookstore followed by a small drive to Dad’s Diner in New Hampshire for some amazing food

STOP 2

Bookish Boyfriend: Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead                                                                                                                                       Location:  Since Dimitri is a Guardian of Christian Ozera who resides at the Royal Court, let’s say he is located in Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                      Date: Tour of the Royal Court and private self defense lessons

STOP 3

Bookish Boyfriend: Tobias Eaton from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth                                     Location: Chicago, IL                                                                                                                                   Date: Rock climbing and a game of Capture the Flag paintball style with some Dauntless

STOP 4

Bookish Boyfriend: West Pepper from Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee                 Location: Missouri because this is where Sammy meets West                                                   Date: Hiking, picnic at sunset and star gazing

STOP 5

Bookish Boyfriend: Park Sheridan from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell                            Location: Omaha, KS                                                                                                                             Date: Attending a comic con and listening to 80’s indie music (The Smiths, Joy Division, The Cure, etc.)

STOP 6

Bookish Boyfriend: Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (He doesn’t have a last name but Stewart could be a possibility)                                                                                                           Location: Lincoln, KS (University of Nebraska) and Arnold, KS (Levi’s hometown)              Date: Writing and reading fan fiction at Starbucks while drinking Pumpkin Mocha Breves. Taking a drive in the red pickup truck.

STOP 7 

Bookish Boyfriend: AJ Olsen from Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone                Location: Northwestern, CA                                                                                                                   Date: Attending a poetry slam and having an acoustic guitar lesson

FINISH: STOP 8

Bookish Boyfriend: Adrian Ivashkov from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead                 Location: Palm Springs, CA (since most of the series is taken place there)                                            Date: Cooking dinner together and having a painting lesson

BONUS: OVERSEAS

STOP 1

Bookish Boyfriends: James (aka Jem) Carstairs and Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare                                                                                                                    Location: London, England                                                                                                                    Date: Attending a play of A Tale of Two Cities with Will and private violin lesson with Jem

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A big THANK YOU to Nicole for creating such a great Boys of Summer post and for participating in this feature. For more info about Nicole and her blog, make sure you check out Nicole’s Novel Reads!

Boys of Summer: Summer Prize Pack Giveaway

 

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Hello Readers!

It’s officially summer! And that means that it’s time for, not only summer flings, hot days spent at the beach, and eating all the ice cream you want. To celebrate all of these things I’ve been together what I think is a pretty awesome giveaway!

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For this giveaway I’m giving one lucky winner the chance to win a summer prize pack. Everything included is needed for the perfect day at the beach.

So, what’s up for grabs? It’s a beach bag filled with all your beach going essentials:

  • A Paperback copy of Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty
  • A beach towel
  • Sunscreen & Sunglasses
  • Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • A Reusable Water Bottle

Open to all U.S. residents, thirteen years old and older, this giveway will run from today (July 20th) until Sunday July 26th. One winner will be selected via random number generator and will be contacted via e-mail. If no response to winning e-mail is received within two days (48 hours) a new winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

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SBPT Tour With Veronika & Ruzaika from The Regal Critiques

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Hello Readers!

It’s another Sunday and that means it’s another chance to feature another awesome blogger for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by The Book Bratz. And today is extra special, because not only am I featuring one blogger, I’m featuring two – a blogger team!

It is my pleasure to be hosting Veronika and Ruzaika from The Regal Critiques. For more information about them, be sure to stop by their blog for more information!

For this post, the three of us decided to combine two of our loves – books (of course!) and movies! Here’s what the ladies of The Regal Critiques had to say!

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Books I’d Love to See Made Into Movies

Hey there, you lovely reader! We at the Regal Critiques (http://reading-is-dreaming-with-open-eyes.blogspot.hu/) are very happy about collaborating with Nicole for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour. It’s me, Ruzaika, writing the post today since Veronika did one very similar to this just recently. You can check it out here.

To make this slightly different, I’ve come up with a few books I loved and enjoyed over the years – as a result it’s going to be a mix of books from all genres and age groups, in no particular order. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

41OiXZwqS9L._AC_UL320_SR240,320_The St Clare’s series by Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton has been one of my favorite authors since… Well, since forever. While I love all books by her, the St Clare’s series is my most favorite. There are six books originally, with three more fill-ins written by Pamela Cox. I think these books are well-suited for a TV show, but movies wouldn’t hurt either.

21469068I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
One of the best books I have read so far this year. It gave me serious feels. It had witty characters, sizzling romance and the sweetest friendships- a good movie surely doesn’t need more. Oh, and I’d love to see who gets casted as Josh too!

820083Deenie by Judy Blume
It’s been a long time since I read this, but I always thought it would be great as a movie. It really captures what teens think and feel- and conveys a lot of messages for young people and adults alike.

156926Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot
This was a fun, cute regency romance and even though it’s not one of Meg Cabot’s more popular works, it would be really great as a movie- because of the costumes in particular 😀

20914538Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll
A book about a divorce hotel- where you check in married and check out single! I think this would be a really fun romantic comedy. There a whole lot of crazy characters and it deals with quite a bit of emotions too (obviously).

531942The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Another hilarious book by Sophie Kinsella- she really knows how to make readers laugh until their stomachs hurt! Samantha was funny, witty and lively and the romance was pretty perfect too. I loved it.

1466455Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
A richly-written book about three thirty-three-year-old triplet sisters, this deals with serious subjects like infidelity, infertility, pregnancy and divorce in the most fun way possible. There is definitely more than enough material for an engaging movie.

2461610In My Sister’s Shoes by Sinéad Moriarty
A great and catching story that deals with a painful subject, and yet managed to get that odd laugh out of me. This would really be quite heartrending as a movie.

15957792American Star by Jackie Collins
The first ever book I read by Jackie Collins- and the best ever too. Full of suspense and romance written in Collins’ unique style, this would be a truly awesome movie!

9909176Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon
The last book I read by Sheldon to date, and certainly one of his best. Tell Me Your Dreams was truly the word “mind-blowing” redefined, and as a movie it would be simply terrific!

Those were a few of the books I’d love to see made into movies. That being said, I’d also like to point out that I have almost never seen a brilliant book made into an equally brilliant movie. It could be done well, I suppose, but it usually only happens when they deviate so much from the original book that it turns out to be something completely different. What do you think?
I had great fun with this post anyway. Hope you did too!

 

The Boys of Summer With Author Margo Rabb!

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Hello Readers!

As you already know I recently read and loved Margo Rabb’s Kissing In America. So much so that the moment I was done reading it I had to e-mail Margo to see if she would be willing to answer a few questions about writing, books, and of course Kissing in America.

I’m so happy to welcome Margo to the BookBandit Blog and to feature her as a part of this Boys of Summer feature!

BookBandit Blog (BB): What was the inspiration behind your book Kissing in America

Margo Rabb (MR): In many ways, Kissing in America is a love letter to who I was as a teen – a grief-filled girl who desperately wanted to find love, and even more than that, to understand it. Writing the novel was a long process – I started the first draft in 2008 – and a labor of love. Eva, the narrator finds solace in many of the things that comforted and helped me when I was her age: poetry, which I loved to write and read; travel (I spent half of my teen years on buses and trains); and feminism, which I first learned about as a teen, and which changed the way I thought of myself and what I dreamed my life could be.

BB: How was writing Kissing In America different from writing your first book, Cures for Heartbreak?

MR: I wrote Cures for Heartbreak as a series of connected short stories that I later wove together as a novel, so it’s different from Kissing in America, which I plotted out more thoroughly. As I wrote Kissing in America, I came up with a storyboard using index cards, and I kept the storyboard on the wall of my offices as I wrote.

BB: If you had to describe Kissing in America in three words, what three words would use?

MR: Friendship, love, & power.

BB: Romance novels play a big role in Kissing in America. So, it kind of begs the question: what are some of your favorite romance novels?

MR: Like Eva, I love cowboy romances — my favorite is Sandra Brown’s Texas Sage — it’s a lot of fun.

BB: Besides the romance novels, poetry also plays a major role in the book – what is your favorite poem featured in the book? And why did you choose the poems that you did?

MR: I love all the poems in the book, and I loved weaving them into the story. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be Marie Howe’s What the Living Do, which can be read here.

BB: What advice would you offer aspiring writers?

MR: Never give up! A writing career is a difficult one, and it means enduring lots and lots of rejections. A big part of your job as a writer — perhaps the biggest part — is just keeping the faith and showing up every day and getting the work done. But after all is said and done, it’s absolutely worth it.

The Boys of Summer With Hannah from So Obsessed With

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Hello Readers!

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week has been long and exhausing! So I’m excited to be featuring such a fun and swoon-y post!

Today, Hannah from So Obsessed With blog has put together some post! She’ll be talking about the sweet, the serious, the swoonworthy, and all other book boyfriends in between. So sit back, and be prepared to obsess over Hannah’s post!

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Hey y’all! I’m Hannah, and my blog is So Obsessed With. I’m so happy to be participating in Nicole’s The Boys of Summer event, and it didn’t take me long to think about what I wanted to share for my guest post. I read more during the summer than any other time of the year because there’s just something about getting lost in a good book while sitting at the pool or beach.

I love when the Top Ten Tuesday topic is beach reads, and I always use it as an opportunity to combine books + summer shopping. My post today is a twist on that idea – featuring some of my favorite finds, books and boys this summer. Whether you like your boys sweet, serious or swoonworthy, I’ve got the recommendation for you! And since I adore both adult and young adult fiction, you’ll find three of each below.

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The SWEET Boys

Max in The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord / I wasn’t sure how Max Watson would compare to Matt Finch (from Open Road Summer), but I should have known that I could trust Emery to write a swoonworthy boy! Max is adorable, kind, sweet and so very nerdy. He’s such a great fit for the heroine, and I loved watching their friendship develop into something more. This is the kind of guy I’d be drawn to in real life!

Nicholas in The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan / This book is inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton, and I absolutely adored it. I loved Nick from the very first moment he met the heroine, and I felt for him the more I saw how much rested on his shoulders. He’s always got his duty to his country and responsibility to his family on his mid, but that doesn’t stop him from sweetly wooing the woman he loves.

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Serious

The SERIOUS Boys

West in Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee / I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and this debut introduced me to one of my new favorite voices in the genre. The two heroines in this book disguise themselves as boys and team up with a band of cowboys to escape the law. While all three boys of memorable, it’s West who stood out to me. He’s quiet, serious and a bit of a loner. But I’d brave the Oregon Trail with him by my side!

Adam in It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane / I wasn’t sure about Adam when he first came in the picture, but he slowly won me over. There’s some definite hate-to-love going on in this book, and I’m a sucker for that romantic trope. I think he fits for “serious” because he’s smart, mysterious and driven in his work. And he’s got a lot more going on inside than he lets on at first! This book made me laugh, tear up and swoon.

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Swoon

 The SWOONWORTHY Boys

Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas / Yes, I’ve listed three men for this book. In case you haven’t heard, Sarah J. Maas is basically the queen of writing irresistible book boys! They’re all different, but each definitely brings the swoon in their own way. You’ve got Tamlin’s fierce strength, Lucien’s tough sarcasm, and Rhysand’s cocky cunning… It’s even better if you imagine them like this while you read.

Jake in Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center / I read this book twice in one month, and Jake is already in my list of top ten favorite book boys. I could have matched him with any category in this post – he’s incredibly smart, serious when it matters, and is sweet in so many unexpected ways. He also knows how to bring the swoon, and it’s all of those qualities combined that earned him a spot in my post. (But sorry, y’all, he’s mine.)

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I hope that at least one of these book boys
finds a spot in your beach bag this summer!

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Seriously, dear readers, isn’t the post AWESOME! I want to say THANK YOU to Hannah from So Obsessed With Blog for being a part of this feature. For more info on Hannah, be sure to check her out online!