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Emily Takes Over the Blog (Part 2)

Well hello again everybody! It's so good to see you coming back for more fun with Emily! 
Summer is the time for vacations and so I thought it might be helpful to give you 5 tips I've learned in my life about reading and vacationing. So without further ado…Emily's Tips for Traveling.

1. Don't You Dare Pack Those Library Books!!!!

I may be a little biased, but I am duty bound to tell you (as a library employee) that library books and vacations don't go together. I'm thrilled that you trust yourself to take care of your library books even when you're not home, but if someone took a book they borrowed from you to Alaska, how would you feel? It's not that you can't be trusted, we just understand that things happen that a person can't possibly plan for…and we certainly don't want you racking up some pretty horrendous fees while you're away. Just play it safe and leave the library books at home.

2.  E-Readers Do Come in Handy!!
I'll admit it, I was an e-reader doubter. That is until I had to get on a plane for more than an hour. I am proud to say that I am an e-reader believer. I love my Nook simply because I can afford to take 20 books with me wherever I go without having to pay for overweight baggage. I can now save room in my luggage for books I buy while I'm there! That's a good plan! And remember those pesky library books you're supposed to leave at home? Guess what, your local library might have e-copies you can take with you without the fear of them getting lost or falling into a volcano. (It's a legitimate fear) Search Amazon and Barnes and Noble for e-book deals and you'll be set for your vacation.

3. Find Books to Read that Match your Destination
Find those books that talk about or are set in or even mention the places you're going. It's a lot of fun and usually, the author knows what they're talking about so you might even learn some cool things about the places you're going. I've been stocking up on all my Japanese folklore recently and it's fascinating! Especially when I'll get to visit the place where they all come from. If you can't find a book that matches your destination, read about vacations/road trips in general. I can think of many good travel novels that really put me in the mood for a vacation.  For example….

   


4. Visit Local Libraries/Bookstores!
Hey! These are places that we would consider vacation spots in our own hometown. Why shouldn't we seek them out in other places as well? I am definitely going to search for a library or at least a bookstore where I'm going because it will be so much fun to see how they are similar/different from places I'm familiar with. 


Someday I'm going here!
5. For Goodness Sakes, Don't Miss your Vacation!
Alright. I love to read. That's obvious. But I'm not going to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Japan by reading the entire time. I'm going to sight-see and take pictures of everything and other touristy stuff and I'm not going to miss seeing a shrine or a museum because my nose was stuck in a book. There are definitely times on vacations where reading is appropriate and could even enhance your relaxation, but don't forget the reason you went on a vacation in the first place: to get away from the normal routine. You can read just about anywhere, so don't miss all the fun by doing something you could be doing at home as well.

There you have it! Tips from me. I hope you enjoyed them.  And I hope you guys all get to go on a relaxing and amazing vacation this summer. If not, getting the chance to read a book in your own backyard is just about the same thing. Just about.

Well, I should probably let another blogger have a chance to take over the blog. I'll see you guys soon!

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!





Emily Takes Over the Blog! (Part 1)

This title might be a little misleading considering I will be in Japan by the time this post actually goes live, but no matter. I'm here to fill in for Montana while she's enjoying the wonderful thing that is ALA and you're going to like it! 

Like I said, I will happily be getting off of a 12 hour flight by now and hopefully finding the nearest place to get sushi and ramen noodles. I'm so excited to have an opportunity to visit Japan and I thought I would spend the day suggesting a couple of books and other things you should definitely check out so that you too can experience just how awesome Japan and other Asian cultures can be. 

1. The Books

There are many good novels and series that feature either strong, Asian characters or are heavily influenced by Asian cultures. But even so, there still are not nearly enough. Show your love for diversity in YA by picking up one of these amazing books today. I would recommend any and all of the following….




Just so we're clear, any of the sequels to these novels also fall under this category. (In case there was any confusion there) There are many more out there, you just have to look for them, but these can't get you started!


2. Manga/Anime

Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh were my childhood. Seriously. (Pokemon is now on Netflix by the way. Alleluia!)  But that's just the start. There are so many manga series out there, it's a little difficult to know where to start. These are some of my favorites, but just know that no matter what your tastes are, there's a manga that you'll love. It's true. 






Just a few of my favorites to get you started. As far as anime goes, once again, there are so many to choose from. Right now, I'm hooked on Attack on Titan right now, but there are many other good ones out there. I would be happy to recommend more manga/anime based on personal preferences down in the comments section if you want more or better suggestions. It just might not happen till July 3rd when I get back. 

3. Studio Ghibli

Spirited Away. Enough said. If you have not watched this movie or Howl's Moving Castle or Kiki's Delivery Service or any of these other wonderful movies, look them up right now. I MEAN IT!!





4. K-Pop

Dear God. I have no idea how I got started on K-Pop, but it has taken over my life. You've probably seen/heard of Gangam Style, but that's just a tiny peek into this huge industry. I don't even know how to describe it. You just need to watch it and start getting hooked. These are some of my favorites. Observe. 



This one's a little creepy and gross by the way…but you should watch it anyway.



I've just barely scratched the surface. There are so many more groups, it's unbelievable. Once again, feel free to ask for more suggestions. I would be more than happy to give them.

Ok. I'm going to stop now before my head explodes from all this awesomeness. I would introduce the concept of dramas, but I don't want you to put off anything important you need to do for the rest of your life just so you can watch all these shows…which you would if you watched a couple of them. Believe me. 
So I won't…unless you ask very nicely.

That's all for me today. Tune in tomorrow for more exciting things to come. This has been co-blogger Emily reporting from Japan. Over and out.

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!








Waiting On Wednesday: The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson


The Princess SpyMargaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought
to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha---one of the few who speaks his language---understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin's message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself 'Lord Colin' is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy---not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook's wicked plot.



I really enjoy Melanie's book. They are lovely retellings and they have absolutely gorgeous covers! And the romance is really sweet :D The synopsis sounds interesting, I want a copy already!! Unfortunately, I'll have to wait a while because this book won't be released until November 4th. I'll have to bide my time rereading her other books I guess ;)








Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen Book Review

17 First Kisses
No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someon
e who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.
Until Claire meets Luke.
But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.
With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.
In her moving debut, Rachael Allen brilliantly captures the complexities of friendship, the struggles of self-discovery, and the difficulties of trying to find love in high school. Fans of Sarah Ockler, Susane Colasanti, and Stephanie Perkins will fall head over heels for this addictive, heartfelt, and often hilarious modern love story.

Pages: 352
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

A General Update


Hi! I just thought it'd be a good time to do a general update with what's coming up on the blog and what to expect this summer :) 

  • More Posts: As it's now summer, I'll have a much more consistent posting schedule and both I and the cobloggers will be posting more frequently.
  • Comments: I've been terrible at replying back to comments and I'm sorry for that! I'll be getting back to everyone who commented today.
  • Changes: I'm planning to get a new blog design sometime this summer and I'm hoping to participate in more series readalongs. I'm excited for Juhina's Partials readalong. 
  • Vacation: I'll be out of town for ALA between the 27th-30th, but the cobloggers have a bunch of amazing posts around that time. 
Happy summer! :) I hope everyone's having a great one.

June Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up


Hi everybody! We're already half way through this year and the challenge itself. I hope you all have been getting some good reading done :) The linky and giveaway are both below:
June Contemporary Challenge


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#scandal by Sarah Ockler Book Review

#scandal
Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

Pages: 368
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter Blog Tour Stop

Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii When your world blow
s apart, what will you hold onto?
TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.
LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air. . . .
When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

First Date by Melody Carlson Book Review

First Date (The Dating Games #1)Five high school friends have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a "real" date. With homecoming looming, they make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Game). They're sworn to secrecy--and to purity--but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. Of course, they all make different choices about how to deal with their parents and how to act on their dates, and they discover that they all have totally different experiences. Still, the things they learn about boys and dating will stick with them throughout high school.
Bestselling author and teen favorite Melody Carlson starts off her newest series with a good dose of fun, tackling two topics teen girls love to read about--friends and boys.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings Review


An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna. Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family? Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

Pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings Blog Tour Stop





The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: June 10th 2014
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Synopsis:

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.




The Fear Trials (The Murder Complex 0.5)
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Release Date: May 27th 2014
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Synopsis:

Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson's father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons' houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.


Follow the FFBC The Murder Complex + Fear Trials blog tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.



Lindsay Cummings is the 20-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX, as well as its sequel, coming 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, coming Fall 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, can’t get enough of her two pesky German Shepherds, wolf cub, and two horses. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @lindsaycwrites


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