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Friday Finds [Apr. 28th]

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Random Quote of the Day: “I hate music, especially when it’s played.” – Jimmy Durante

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It brings such joy to me as I get to say that it is FINALLY FRIDAY!! Friday’s are always good as it is the last day of the weekdays and the start of the weekend! Friday Finds is a meme hosted by @adailyrhythm. It is a chance for you to showcase the books you’ve ‘found’ and added to your TBR list! They do not have to be books you purchased and they could’ve been found anywhere — bookstores, online, library, etc. Here’s what I’ve found since my last Friday Finds (:

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Five hundred great works of art from all periods and regions in the world have been carefully selected and are arranged in chronological order, breaking through the usual geographical and cultural boundaries of art history to celebrate the vast range of human artistry.

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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape…

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The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag!

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Random Quote of the Day: “I try to avoid looking backward and keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Bronte 

Hello sunshines! ☀ This tag makes me soooo excited because it’s all about aesthetics! While I might not have the best aesthetic, anything that looks great together is definitely a plus. With that being said, this Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag is ALL about book covers!! 📚 Let’s get to it:

BEST COLOR COMBO ON A BOOK COVER

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: ALL the colors are pretty extraordinary! I love all of Yoon’s book covers honestly xD

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BEST TYPOGRAPHY/FONT ON THE COVER

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I am a huge typography person, so TLC is definitely not my ONLY favorite. I just love how it’s almost…fantastical and not your ordinary Times New Roman or Arial font. Plus, it goes well with the book itself.

BEST SIMPLE COVER

27158835You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour & David Levithan: some can argue that this cover isn’t simple, but ya know…who cares! The color combo on the cover is also mesmerizing.

 

 

 

BEST ENDPAGES

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adhieh and/or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott! The endpages for the TWATD are amazing and I love the artistic feel of Little Women.

BEST MAP

we-were-liars-mapWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I’m not much of a map person, better yet, a fantasy/historical reader, so the only map that came into mind was for WWL. Definitely feel free to recommend some awesome reads that include maps!!

 

 

BEST NAKED HARDBACK

I couldn’t choose on for this one. The first two that came into mind were All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia.

BEST BACK COVER

starflight-melissa-landers-backStarflight by Melissa Landers. Anything galaxy-looking is always a plus for me. I haven’t read Starflight yet, so let me know what you thought of it!

 

 

 

BEST CHAPTER HEADERS

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I know the headers are pretty simple, but it’s the way in which they tie in with the novel that makes them awesome!

BEST ILLUSTRATIONS

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I will always love the illustrations of Stevenson and it’s probably one of the best graphic novels I’ve read so far.

BEST SPINE

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Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Again, the color combo is amazzzinnggg. I also love the typography of the title and how it’s pretty spooky-looking!

FAVORITE COVER ON YOUR SHELVES

Ohhhh, so many!! I’ll list a few (that haven’t already been mentioned):

  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
  • Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Have a great rest of your week! ❤

*All photos used for this post are not my own. All rights go to the owner.

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…

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A Close to January…| Monthly Wrap-Up

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Random Quote of the Day: “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

Hello sunshines! 🔆 The first month of 2017 is coming to a close! This month has definitely been very interesting with the Presidential Election, school starting up again, etc. So, let’s see how my month was:

THE BOOKS

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENEE ADHIEH

MY RATING: 3.85 out of 5 stars

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A MONSTER CALLS BY PATRICK NESS

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

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TOP POSTS OF JANUARY

Top Two With Most Views:

Top Two With Most Comments:

Top Two With Most Likes:

SO LET’S WRAP IT UP!

WHAT’S NEW:

  • I had two amazing experiences involving my blog & I! 😊 One was a blogger & author event in Santa Cruz, and I made a post about that HERE. I also had the opportunity to speak at my first panel at my local library! (:
  • I’ve been applying and looking into various internships and scholarships for this summer and I am super excited to say that I MIGHT be applying for a 9-day internship for Media Arts!!
  • Ed Sheeran has released the date of which his newest album will drop — March 3rd!!! 😍
  • I read my first Diverse read of the year — The Wrath and The Dawn!! 📚

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And that completes this year’s FIRST Monthly Wrap-Up! Like mentioned, a lot of eventful things happened this month, so I’m excited to see what February has in store! (:

Have you read a Diverse read yet? If so, what was it? Are you excited for Ed Sheeran to FINALLY drop new music?! Chat with me in the comments!

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Captivating Covers [#25]

bi-weekly-wrap-up-10Random Quote of the Day: “Freedom is still the most radical idea of all.” – Nathaniel Branden

Hello sunshines & Happy Sunday! 🔆 We are starting a new week and with this new week we will be better people — just wait and see! ❤ Captivating Covers is a meme created by me — @JBelkBooks. Every week or so, I share a cover of a novel that I find to be Captivating. It doesn’t have to be one you’ve read, just one that you enjoy! You can add your own twist to it, but I like to include the book synopsis & book details. So, I created this meme to share my findings with you all! 📚

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Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina Lacour

Genre: Young-Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Published: February 14th, 2017

Another 2017 Diverse read that should definitely be on your TBR! I had the chance to hear Lacour talk about this novel in person AND see the ARC, and this novel sounds amazing! The cover has almost a comic-feel to it, but I love the artsy representation and the contrasting pink-ish and blue colors. If you are looking for a way to treat yourself this Valentines Day, be sure to check this one out! ❤

⬇Want to read the synopsis? Check it out below!⬇

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Uppercase Box | Nov. – Jan.

bi-weekly-wrap-up-17Random Quote of the Day: “If I stay in academia, I might end up going someplace random.” –  Lauren Willig

Hello sunshines! ☀ You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a Subscription Box Unboxing + Review for a couple of months. I’ve decided to not post monthly unboxings + reviews, but instead post them every three months. With this being said, every three months I’ll post a collective unboxing + review!

Uppercase Box | Young Adult Monthly Book Subscription BoxFrom Uppercase, every month you’ll get an amazing young adult book that you’ll absolutely love! Every book you get from Uppercase is a brand new, hardcover book that’s signed by the author or comes with a signed bookplate from the author. Every Uppercase book is always published within the last month. It is extremely uncommon for a subscriber to already have a finished copy of the book and it almost never happens.

There are two current options that you can subscribe to:

  • Book Exclusive Plan – $17/month [Brand new hardcover, YA book, signed book or bookplate, reading experience with exclusive content, & a personal hand-written note to you]
  • Expert Plan – $23/month [everything listed from the Book Exclusive Plan, except you also get 1-2 high-quality bookish items]

NOVEMBER 2016

ITEMS INCLUDED:

  •  The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – SIGNED
  • The Sun Is Also A Star Temporary Tattoo
  • Harry Potter Cookie Cutters from Frosted Co.
  • Greeting Card set from 9th Letter Press – UPPERCASE EXCLUSIVE
  • Carve the Mark Chapter Sampler

NOVEMBER UPPERCASE BOX RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

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Winter 2017 Comment Challenge!!

Random Quote of the Day: “It is better to burn out than fade away.” – Kurt Cobain 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Today I am posting something short, just to recognize and spread the word about my join in on the Winter 2017 Comment Challenge hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense!! I am incredibly excited to be finding new blogs and sharing some comment love, so if you want to do the same, I highly encourage you join as well! #Winter2017CC

Here’s a small snippet of what the Challenge is:

  • The Winter 2017 Comment Challenge runs January through March
  • Feel free to sign up for one month or more
  • At the beginning of each month, bloggers will be paired together and will be asked to comment on each other’s blogs
  • For the time being, the challenge is limited to English-only blogs
  • We’d love for you to create a sign-up post to help spread the word about the challenge
  • Options for comments include 5+ or 10+ each month
  • Giveaway: at the end of March, two participants will win a book of their choice.
  • At the beginning of each month we will put together a post where you can sign-up, link-up with your own sign-up post, and enter the giveaway
  • At the end of January, we will email participants as well as post the February Comment Challenge partner list

Source: Winter 2017 Comment Challenge: February Sign-up

I don’t know who I’m matched with yet, but this post will be updated when the time comes! I’ll also be updating this post whenever I sign up for an additional month, just because I don’t want to keep posting new ones every month xD

MY PARTNER(S):

February –  Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

March –

This is my first time participating in the challenge, but again, the excitement is ready to be unleashed! I found this Challenge to be much more efficient, and I am intending to comment on a fellow blogger’s blog 5+ times.

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Feel free to sign up for the Winter 2017 Comment Challenge HERE, and if you’ve signed up already, YOU ARE AWESOME. 💬

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…

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The Bay Area Book BFFs: Blogger & Author Event | Recap

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Random Quote of the Day: “People age even when you’re not looking.” – Randy K. Milholland

Hello sunshines! ☀ I am so happy to be typing this post and sharing such an amazing experience with you all! If you didn’t know, about a week ago I attended a private event hosted by Hannah @ NYMBC,  Christy & Nancy @ Tales of the Ravenous Reader and those at Books Inc. located in Santa Clara, CA. Here’s some details:

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The Bay Area Book BFFs: Authors ❤ Bloggers Brunch

Image result for books inc santa claraThanks to Christy & Hannah, I was invited to this event where local authors & bloggers were able to connect & express what we love most — BOOKS!! It was my first time visiting Books Inc., and it was such a beautiful bookstore that I hope to visit again. The company & the overall environment was so welcoming, and I definitely appreciated that. There was food, books, authors…What more could I ask for??

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As mentioned, Bay Area authors & bloggers were joined together, ranging from all ages and genres. Here’s a list of who attended:

Bloggers* –

NYMBC // Tales of the Ravenous Reader // Folded Pages Distillery // JBelkBooks // San Jose Public Library // Books, Boys, and Blogs // Forever Young Adult // Girl in the Pages // Tealreader // The Young Folks // Shooting Stars Mag

*please make sure to visit all of their blogs; you won’t regret it!!

ABOUT NYMBC

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Not Your Mother’s Book Club events go into the Not Your Mother’s Book Club Fund, which Books Inc. turns around and uses to spread the love of reading throughout the Bay Area communities.

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