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Stacking the Shelves

Hey guys,

So today I got some books! HURRAY! (No surprise to anyone who knows me)

In honor of me acquiring some books, I thought It’d be best to showcase EXACTLY what I got!

Let’s begin.

 

1.Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

 

Summary:
   The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

 

 

2. The Crowns Game by: Evelyn Skye


Summary: 
   Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

 

3. Psion Beta by: Jacob Gowans

Summary:

     Sammy, a 14-year-old fugitive, accidentally discovers he has the powers of a Psion.
Plucked off the streets, he is thrust into the rigorously-disciplined environment of Psion Beta headquarters. As a new Beta, Sammy must hone his newfound abilities using holographic fighting simulations, stealth training missions, and complex war games. His fellow trainees are other kids competing to prove their worth so they can graduate and contribute to the war effort.
But the stifling competition at headquarters isolates Sammy from his peers. Learning to use his incredible powers is difficult enough, but when things go horribly wrong on a routine training mission, he must rely on the other Betas to stay alive.
The Silent War is at a tipping point; even one boy can be the difference.
But to do so, he must survive.

 

That’s it. Those are the books I’ve received this last week. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what books you’ve acquired recently. Thank’s for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

BYE!

My March Favorites

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? We’ve completed another month, it’s crazy.

One of the things I’ve been trying this year is to showcase my favorites things of the month. They could be movies I really liked, or songs that I loved, or books, or..

Really anything that involves entertainment.

Without further ado, let’s slide right into this and begin.

 

Favorite Movie:

Have you seen it? I have, 3 times.

AND IT’S STILL AMAZING.

Easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year, Beauty and the Beast was EVERYTHING I’d expect it to be. The new songs and actors made it stunning and beautiful. They performed the movie in a way that really rang true to the original, while also not copying the source material 100%. Yes, there were changes, but for the most part, they stuck with the storyline, and it resulted in amazingness.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I HIGHLY encourage you to see it.

Percentage Rating: 98%

Star Rating: 5/5

 

 

Favorite Book:

If you’ve been in the book blogging community for at least a year, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the AMAZING Lunar Chronicles series. But, after it ended Marissa (the author), decided she wanted to publish a graphic novel following one of the secondary characters, and her adventures after the finale. As soon as I saw this at the library, I literally started into a running sprint and barely managed to get it.

It’s fun, amazing, and I would HIGHLY suggest it to ALL of the Lunar Chronicles fans who are out there.

Percentage Rating: 94%

Star Rating: 5/5

 

 

Favorite Song:

Yep, Beauty and the Beast again. For those who aren’t aware, in the new live action movie, they added 3 original new songs. Each one of them is amazing, but out of all of them, I would have to say that this is my FAVORITE. It just has so much meaning and emotion conveyed into the singing, it’s beautiful.

 

That’s it. Those are my March Favorites. Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you agree with this list, and it not, let me know what you thought was better. Thank’s for reading, have an AMAZING DAY!

My 2017 February Favorites

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? It’s March already. With the new month already here, I thought it would be a good time to review my reading month, as well as all of my favorite things I’ve watched and experienced this past month.

Let’s begin.

My Favorite Movie:

For those who haven’t seen Moana, (If you haven’t I feel bad for  you) I’ve included a summary at the bottom, so you can find out what’s so AMAZING about this.

Some of the reasons I enjoyed this so much was because of the AMAZING SONGS. It also had a GREAT plot, and supplied SUPER  interesting characters. It’s G rated, and is the newest addition to the Disney Princess Collection.

Rating:

 

Summary:
The epic journey continues for "Moana" fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure "Moana." From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

 

My Favorite Book:

One of the reasons I liked this book so much was how original it was from what I normally read. Basically, it’s about this finishing school, that trains spy’s and assassins. It’s clean, perfect, and I LOVED IT!

Summary:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
 Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

 

My Favorite Song:

We Know the Way by: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Yep, Moana. Again. But I can’t help it. The song’s are just SOOO good, and interesting, and fun to sing. So why not. If you haven’t heard this song, google it now and enjoy its AMAZINGNESS!


That’s it! Those are my 3 FAVORITE things of February. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what your favorite things were this year. Thank’s for reading, hope you have an AMAZING DAY!

Stacking the Shelves #3

What is Stacking the Shelves?

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, it may be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course e-books!


Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all having a FABULOUS day! When it comes to books,  this week I’ve gotten a pretty good amount of books.

Shall I begin?

1. Books from Netgalley

See you in the Cosmos by: Jack Cheng

I’m liking what I’ve read so far. Then again I’m only 2% done, I’ll keep you posted and hopefully will have a review up soon.

Summary:

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

 

Spirit Quest by: Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

Summary:

Skyco, an Algonquin boy, is heir to the great chief Menatonon, but he has much to learn before he can take his place within the tribe. He studies with the shaman Roncommock, who teaches him how to enter the spirit world and communicate with spirits and other animals, while he also learns practical skills of hunting, fishing, and starting a fire from other men in his village. But learning to throw a spear with an atlatl and shoot arrows with a bow are just precursors to the ultimate test, the husquenaugh, when he is challenged to use his hard-earned skills to survive the harrowing life-or-death ritual.

2.Physical Books

Romeo and Juliet by: William Shakespeare

I got this for school, so far It’s pretty good. I’ve just broken into the second-act, and are SUPER PUMPED to read this!

Summary:

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover's affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives. In this violent, death-filled world, the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable.

That’s it! Short and sweet, let me know in the comments what books you’ve gotten this week! Thank’s for reading, I’ll have another post up soon, BYE!

Friday Reads- 1/20/17 (Yes, I still think it’s weird putting a 17 in the year.)

Hey guys,

So I thought It’d be nice if I updated you about what I’ve been reading recently! *Sips some Hot Cocoa because the weather outside it frightful* (It’s been snowing)

Last week, I only read ONE book. Which isn’t too shabby considering I had a TON of homework to do. The book I read was  Heartless by: Marissa Meyer. I ended up NOT being a HUGE fan of this like I thought I would, and was very displeased.

Review for Heartless

Currently I am reading Prodigy by: Marie Lu. I’m about 100 pages in and loving it! I do think it has the potential to be better than the first book, and I’m SUUUPPEER excited to see where this goes too.

As far as future plans for reading goes,  I think I’ll probably end up re-reading all of The Series of Unfortunate Events books. The TV show has gotten me SUPER pumped up to re-read them again since the last time I read them was in 3rd grade.

That’s pretty much it for today! Make sure to comment below and let me know what book your currently reading!

As always, if you want to track my progress for reading,  feel free to check out my goodreads page!

My Goodreads Page

Thanks!

-Jared

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REVIEW- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by: Rick Riordan

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder-god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Guys. Guys. It was SOOO good. Going into this book I had high expectations because, hello Rick Riordan. I have LOVED EVERY book he’s came out with. So why wouldn’t I not like it now? Although I had a few problems, (That I’ll address later) it was a really good book.

The beginning. THE BEGINNING! What I’m about to tell you is NOT a spoiler for the book but it is one of the first plot points. (In case you want to go in knowing nothing skip ahead to the next paragraph) Basically Magnus and Samariah are meeting at this coffee shop because they have received a message from an unknown source that involves Thor’s hammer. They go, and well the messenger get’s KILLED in the first five minutes! It was a REALLY good way to kick off this amazing book making us as the reader realize this is a much more serious book than the last one.

The story was great, the setting’s were all great. But the thing that made this the best was the diversity that wasn’t present in the first book. In a way it made it more powerful because of everyone’s differences that really helped contribute to the plot to make it as good as possible.

Ex.

Samariah, daughter of Loki- Muslim (Only mentioned on occasion)

Magnus, son of Frey- Atheist (Only mentioned on occasion)

Hearthstone, son of a horrible father- Is deaf and speaks through sign language

Alex, son of loki.- Trans-gender (only mentioned once)

ALL of these things were JUST MENTIONED. Nothing actually was present except for Samariah mentioning that she was praying earlier.  While I would recommend this book to all of the Percy Jackson fans out there, I feel like as all of these characters in this world are growing up, fight’s are becoming more intense, plots more complex. It’s CLEAN though. Clean fighting, if that makes any sense at all.  🙂

My Favorite Character:

HEARTHSTONE. Hearth is a deaf elf and can only communicate through ASL. Did I also mention that he can use “Runes” to be able to do magic and a bunch of other awesome stuff. Reading conversations in ASL is SOOOO cool and different. I want to read a solo book just about Hearth!

While there were a bunch of awesome things about this book, Their were a few things that hated, badly. Let us begin.

First, I couldn’t stand how much Percy and Magnus are alike. Have a sword, son of a god, demigod, fights monsters, goes on quests, special privileges with gods. EVEN THE SAME WITTY HUMOR! (Which I love btw) I just think If Rick’s gonna make another “Norse” series that will eventually tie in with Percy’s story, you would assume he would try to make the characters different to make them more distinct and not the same.

The story wasn’t the most original book ever, but it was satisfying enough I’d buy the third one.

Overall Magnus Chase was pretty good and I would recommend you read it, just know it isn’t the most original thing out there.

Grade Rating: B+

Star Rating:

-Jared

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Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Hey Guys,

So today I decided I wanted to do something different to spice up the usual posts.  A book tag! I wasn’t tagged for this tag, but I’m still going to do it anyway!

Let’s begin!

Oh my goodness. Am I really getting asked this question? Anyone who’s been following my blog know that I love HARRY FREAKING POTTER!!

 

 

While I’m not aware of books that can actually kill someone, (If you are aware, keep it to yourself!) One of the books that literally gave me all of the feels, (And literally killed everyone while doing it) was The Book Thief by: Marcus Zusak

In case you can’t tell. I LOVE IT WHEN AUTHOR’S KILL CHARACTERS! (I Promise I’m sane) I just think it’s so bold to kill a character that contributes to making the character more meaningful then we as the reader first expected!

 

The Fire Within by: Chris d’lacey. HATED THIS! THEIR IS A FREAKING DRAGON ON THE FRONT COVER AND THE WHOLE BOOK IS ABOUT SQUIRELLS! Total book click bait! DO NOT READ!!!


Percy Jackson! I actually started reading this when I was in 2nd grade, and even still following the story now! Looking back at my younger brother’s, It’s made me realize how crazy it is for a second grader to be reading a 300 some-wad page book! I’ve loved Rick’s writing so much I’m pretty sure I’ll never stopped reading every mythology book the man puts out there. 

 

 

Steelheart by: Brandon Sanderson. If you’ve been following my blog recently you know that I am in LOVE with Brandon’s work. I remember starting this book way back in 2015. I have to say, I had NO idea about how good this book is. If you have not read this I HIGHLY recommend this book. The story, idea, characters, world are all SOOO great!

 

 

Currently reading Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

Honestly I would love to have my mind wiped about the Harry Potter series. I remember finishing it for the first time last year and freaking out about how good it was! I would love to go back and relive those days of reading without knowing what’ll happen to any of these characters and freaking out at the battle of Hogwarts.


To Kill a Mockingbird by: Harper Lee. Totally would have NOT read if it weren’t for my English class. I wasn’t a HUGE fan of it, It wasn’t bad. But it definently wasn’t up their with the best on my list at all. Although, looking back I am glad that I was forced to read it

Cinder by: Marissa Meyer. Sci-Fi meets Fairy Tail’s guys! It’s really original and really fun! I rated all of the four books in the series a five! PLEASE READ THEM! I BEG OF YOU! *get’s on knees and start’s begging* THEY ARE SOOOOO GOOD!

 

That’s all folks! Thank’s for reading! My names Jared and I’ll have another post up soon! Bye!

-Jared

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Winter Quarterly Reading/Writing Goals

Hey Guys,

It’s that time again. When I post all of my quarterly goals on this again. For those who are new to this type of post basically I post goals every quarter for all things bookish and look back at them and see if I did them or not. The reason I post the goals on this blog is to motivate me into doing them. And so I don’t look like a fool saying something but not doing it.

Anyway. Let’s look at all of my past goals last time and see if I achieved this.

DA GOALS:

  1. Write and finish a First Draft!

I did this! For those who don’t know I participated in NaNoWriMo and won! 50K Hurray!

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2.Start edits for Ever the Stars.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do this. I found myself way busier than I first expected and just didn’t roll around to get this done.Hopefully I’ll be able to get this done next time.

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3. Get to 300 followers on Instagram

Does 230 count? Didn’t accomplish this either. *Cries into pillow for eternity*

4. Read 6 books!

As you all know I haven’t been reading up to par recently. But I managed to crank out 6 books read so MISSION ACHIEVED!!

5. Find a Critique Partner

Don’t even ask. I didn’t do amazing 2/5 is pretty bad. But considering one of those goals are to write a novel. I’ll give myself a 3/5.

So those were the old, here’s the new one’s.

1. Finish the second draft for Ever the Stars!

Hopefully I’ll be able to get this done. 2nd drafts are the bane of my existence, but I can do this!

2. Post something every week.

Another goal I’ve been trying to accomplish is to continually post good, engaging content. Which Is why I’m going to work REALLY hard to bring you the best content possible.

3. Read 10 books.

Most of you know I’ve been slacking in the book department recently. IT ALL CHANGES NOW! I CAN DO THIS! I’ve already read one and are starting the second. SO glad my reading slump is finally over. (No thank’s to Harry Potter at all.)

4. Figure out Scrivener

This Christmas I got Scrivener. For those who don’t know what that is it’s a writing tool that will help you write your story and keep everything really neat and tidy. (Something I lack) I’ve got it on my thumb drive and have been procrastinating uploading it to my computer. Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon though, I’ve been getting a ton of new shiny book Ideas I’d be interested in writing about.

That’s it! Do you guys do goals? If so, what are some of your goals!

Thanks for reading! My name’s Jared and I will have another post up soon!

-Jared

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My Top 3 Favorite Books of 2016

Hey Guys,

So today I realized something, We are almost done and approaching the end of the year with full steam, it ends in like 2 weeks! Can you believe it?  It’s so weird guys, this year has flown by. (Takes a moment to think about how old I am) Anyway, since we’re approaching the end of the year and quietly counting down the days till Christmas, I thought I’d let you know what books I loved this year!

Disclaimer: The books that I mention don’t have to be released this year, I just have had to read them in the year 2016!

Withought further ado. Let’s talk about my top 3 FAVORITE Books of 2016!

Cinder by: Marissa Meyer

 

If you haven’t heard about the amazing series by Marissa Meyer you are HIGHLY MISSING OUT! This year I decided to start this series because I’ve been meaning to read it, I’ve just never felt I had time. BUT I CHANGED IT THIS YEAR!  (Sorta read the whole series in 2 weeks)The first book in this series is Cinder, The second is Scarlet, the third, Cress, and the fourth and final book, Winter. Basically these stories are fairy tale retelling’s with the first book, Cinder being a Cinderella retelling. The second book Scarlet is partly a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a sprinkle of Little Red Riding hood. The third book Cress is Rapunzel and the fourth is Winter. (Which is Snow White If you can’t figure that one out 😉

But their’s a twist, All the books in the series are Space Themed. Cinderella is an Android. Scarlet is a pilot. Cress is a hacker, and Winter is the Queen of people who live on the moon. I won’t tell you anything else because it’s best to go into this series as blind as possible. + I gave ALL of the books a five-star rating, but this series is probably my fav of the year!

2. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

If you don’t know, JK Rowling had two directors write a script for the 8th Harry Potter. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the idea, I thought “Hey, It’s Harry Potter, I’ll buy it.” So I did. While I did not love it, (Mainly because it was in script form) and (JK Rowling never wrote it) I really loved the story. Don’t get me wrong, This book was amazing! One of my most anticipated books of the year, While I do recommend that you’ve read the Harry Potter books before reading this, It is NOT necessary to have read them before reading. The movies would suffice enough if you chose to start it from reading it their.

 

3. Legend by: Marie Lu

I loved this book so much! I read it at the start of the year and couldn’t put it down. I SUCK at describing this book so I’m gonna just leave the book summary below. But know that I love this book and I can’t even begin how to describe how much fun it is.

Summary: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

 

Thank you for reading! Make sure to check me out on my instagram @Jared_dabook.club for pics of books as well as all of my reading and writing updates. See Ya next time, and have an AMAZING CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

-Jared

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Blogger Inverview! Xander from ForeverBookish

Hey guys,

So I reached out to Xander @ Foreverbookish.com and asked if he would like to be interviewed. For those who don’t know he is a 14 year old book blogger, just like me! He immediantly responded saying he would love to, So I did. Below are the questions and answers, Enjoy!

Q. What made you want to be a blogger?

A. Funnily enough, I was extremely intrigued about ARCs. The first time I saw one my brain kind of short-circuited because how can someone have a book before it’s published?!? How does that work? I thought ARCs were so cool. I also love sharing my thoughts about books with others and talking about books with books nerds like me and that is what really keeps me going.

Q. Describe your Favorite book in one sentence.
A. Alright, since it’s such a boring answer I’ll give you the Harry Potter answer and then one for my other favorite book.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: Boy living in a cupboard finds out he’s a wizard and he fights Voldemort’s dark forces.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Beautifully written book set in the South that everyone needs to read at least once.

Q. Favorite movie?

A. My favorite movie changes every now and then but right now it’s got to be Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I saw it shortly after I read the book and it was. So. Freaking. Good. It captures the essence of the book so well and the beautiful cinematography blended with author Jesse Andrews’s writing makes for an emotional and stunning adaptation.

Q.  How long have you been blogging?

This March will be 4 years! Time has just flown by.

Q. Have any cool memories or things that have happened to you since you became a reviewer?

So many amazing things have happened. There are some surreal moments that I’ve had to pinch myself about, and I still can’t believe. Two years ago, I raised the money to attend BookExpo America which was incredible. I got to talk to one of my heroes, Rick Riordan, and while I usually try to be chill in front of authors, I kind of exploded while I was talking to him. The other day I found out he visited my blog which never in my wildest dreams I imagined. I’ve had the chance to interview and meet a lot of my favorite authors, and I never thought I would meet/get to know as many bloggers and be in such an amazing community of people.


Q. What is your all time favorite YA author?

At this moment Jason Reynolds and John Corey Whaley are my faves.

Q. What projects are you working on?  Writing anything?

Ooh, I’ve got some exciting stuff on the way. I have a backlog of interviews that haven’t been posted yet, that will be posted on my blog weekly. Gayle Forman, Garth Nix, Marie Lu, Sabaa Tahir…there are loads of them! In terms of writing, I am planning on doing NaNoWriMo This year so we’ll see what comes out of that!

Q. What do you think one of your secrets of success for blogging/reviewing?

Be yourself on your blog. Be the fanboy/girl you are and don’t be embarrassed that you have a book blog. Be creative; creativity can put you ahead and set you apart from others. Read and review what you want to read and review. This is especially important because if you aren’t reading what you want to, you’re not going to be happy blogging. And if blogging doesn’t make you happy, what’s the point? Attend as many author events and panels as possible. They have great advice on writing and deadlines and meeting authors is one of my favorite things. Don’t be shy, introduce yourself to authors and bloggers and publishers. There’s a big community out there that, I swear, has some of the world’s nicest people in it. And if you’re thinking about starting a blog but you’re not sure, DO IT. A big thing I’ve learned is that you need to try things and ask questions and if you decided you don’t like it, you will know that blogging isn’t for you. Go for it! It won’t hurt to try.

About Xander
HEYA THERE!  I’m Xander. I am the blogger/reviewer who runs Forever Bookish. I kinda sorta like books. Like, A LOT. Like, so much that my floor has piles of books on it and my TBR shows no sign of ending. I’m 13 years old and don’t sleep nearly enough because books. I attend WAY too many book festivals and conventions and get even MORE books from those, but hey, it’s one of my favorite things. I geek out and freak out over Harry Potter, Rick Riordan and adorable picture books about beefeaters. I like chocolate and organizing my bookshelf, but not together because I don’t want to get chocolate on my books. I collect foreign and unique Harry Potter editions, and most of my Tweets are all CAPSLOCK even though my computer doesn’t have a capslock button. Let’s be friends!