Books I’m going to be bringing on my summer holiday!

Today is the 21st of July 2017 and tomorrow I’ll be lounging around in the sun on a beach in Menorca. I’ve given quite a bit of thought into the books I’ll be bringing along this year, because I have a horrendously long TBR and I know from experience I don’t ever get that much reading done on holidays (I tend to sleep a lot instead).

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Menorca is so beautiful

Summer is an important season for me- its the only time of the year I’ll read contemporaries. It’s weird, but I let all my contemporary reads build up throughout the rest of the year- even the ones I’m really excited about- and then read them all during the summer months. Basically I’m saying I have a LOAD of contemporaries to get through- more then I’ll be able to read in two weeks, but I’ll be giving it my best shot anyway!

Let’s start with books I’ll be physically bringing along with me:

Once and For all by Sarah Dessen

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As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

I’ve been so excited about this book since I first read the synopsis back in the new year. It sounds like such a bubbly fun book PLUS all I wanted growing up was to become a wedding planner. I’m actually still studying for a degree in Event Management, mostly because I loved the idea of wedding planning so much. I’m sure this is going to be insightful and lighthearted, and I adore the pastel cover. Win all around!

Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

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Uni beckons. Phoebe can’t wait to be a fresher – especially since her crush from school will be there too. She’ll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter … the perfect potential girlfriend. She’ll reinvent herself completely. But Luke’s oblivious, still reeling from the fallout of the break-up with his ex. Thrown head first into a world of new friends, parties and social media disasters – can Phoebe and Luke survive the year, let alone find each other?

This book releases in the UK on August 3rd, so you don’t have that long to wait to get your hands on a copy! I love the bright cover illustration, and it sounds perfect for a summer holiday read! It’s also a plus that it sounds like the kind of book my sister would also enjoy, so we can book swap once I’m done!

[add to your goodreads TBR]

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

GUYS I AM SO PUMPED TO FINALLY READ THIS BOOK! I’ve had it for a while now, and I’ve been waiting to have the time to dedicate myself to reading it- and that time IS NOW. I am super excited about lounging around with this book, I’ve only heard great things!

And then the other books I will be reading on kindle if I have the time;

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

I’ve been wanting to read this for what feels like forever- but alas the hardback is still too expensive for me to justify on amazon at the moment. But I have allowed myself to entertain the thought of buying the kindle edition whilst I’m away to tide me over…

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

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I’m a bit hit or miss with Christina Lauren’s books, I have really liked some and found others to be a bit boring- but sometimes a bit of mindless romance is perfect for summer holiday reads. I’ve been looking forward to this books release for a while, I’m quite a fan of the hate to love troupe,  so I’ll definitely give this a try when I get a chance.

And last- the books my sister will be bringing with her;

I’ve never really talked about my younger sister’s reading habits, but she’s bringing along some interesting books this year, so here we go!

Here we are now by Jasmine Warga

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From the author of MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES comes a beautiful, funny and heartfelt novel of music, family, and friendship. Perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Dessen.’Kinetic and beautiful and unexpectedly life-affirming’ – Chris Lynch on My Heart and Other Black HolesDespite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because it turns out Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father . . . When Julian asks her to go with him to his hometown to meet the family she has never known, Taliah embarks on a three-day voyage of discovery – of her father, of the past her mother has never shared with her, and of herself.

This book was kindly sent to me by Hodder and releases on the 16th of November in the UK. It’s definitely the kind of book I can see my sister- Ciara- enjoying a lot so I can’t wait to see what she thinks of it!

And lastly-

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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We all know what this one is about. I’ve already written a very long post about how though it remains one of my favorite contemporaries , it’s also very damaging. If you want to read that then here it is.

I’m really looking forward to being able to discuss this book fully with Ciara once she’s finished it, and I can see it being a good summer read.


So thats it! I’ll be updating my progress on goodreads and instagram as I go on, if you want to follow me!

(though I will not apologize for all the holiday snaps soon to come!)

10 Upcoming Fantasy YA Books!

I always find it quite hard to keep up with upcoming releases I have my eye on, so this list is for me as much as it is for you! This is just a selection of some of the most interesting fantasy 2017/2018 releases. I’ve tried not too include too many ‘pitched’ idea (i.e. books without a proper synopsis) but some of these sounded too interesting to pass by!

Reign the Earth by A.C Gaughen

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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK, look how BEAUTIFUL IT IS! Written by A.C. Gaughen who also wrote Scarlet, a book following the story of the only female member of Robin Hood’s team of vigilantes, which I’ve only heard good things about!

This one is released on the 30th January 2018!

[Add to your goodreads TBR!]

Before she Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

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Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

This one releases on September 12th 2017! ARCs have been going out recently, so I’m looking forward to hearing what people think!

[Add to your goodreads TBR]

Black Rose by Bree Barton

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We don’t even have a cover for this one yet

Bree Barton’s BLACK ROSE trilogy, pitched as Graceling meets Pride and Prejudice, about a girl who, on the eve of her marriage to a prince, discovers she has dark, forbidden magic, magic that her powerful family’s sole purpose was to destroy.

Releases sometime in 2018 (but we don’t yet have a date!) I’ve been keeping an eye on this one for a while, and I can’t wait until we have some more info!

[Add to your goodreads TBR]

Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

This one is released on August 15th 2017, so not that long away at all! I’ve been hearing great things about this book for a while, so I’ll be looking out for the reviews when it’s released!

[Add to your Goodreads TBR]

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

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Inspired by the Spanish Inquisition and the golden age of piracy, it follows three characters: a woman seeking justice, a tortured pirate looking for redemption, and an ambitious prince out for power.

Sara Raasch, the author of the acclaimed Snow like Ashes series, is back with These Rebel Waves! PIRATES GUYS! I need more Pirate books in my life!

This one is currently slated for a summer 2018 release!

[Add to your goodreads TBR]

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

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A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

This is one I’m really excited about- when a synopsis starts with short sentences, I am down for that.

This one is being released October 24th 2017!

[Add to your Goodreads TBR!}

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

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They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Henri Christian LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. The chevalier’s cruelty is soon revealed, however, and Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside.

But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was.

Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.

Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.

I think this one might not be a YA, but I’m not too sure yet. Either way it’s still a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I am HERE for that!

This one releases March 6th 2018.

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Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

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Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he has to question whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Anders knows that Rayna is his best and only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

To learn what he needs to rescue her, Anders will have to enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than blind obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shape-shifting force of all.

New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman delivers heart-pounding adventure and breathtaking magical inventions in this unforgettable story about finding one’s place in a sharply divided world.

Amie Kaufman is a phenomenal author, and I can’t wait to see what this book has in store for us all!

Releases March 27th 2018!

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Between the Blade and the Heart

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Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

I’m not completely convinced on this cover BUT it definitely sounds intriguing.

This releases on January 2nd 2018!

[Add to goodreads TBR]

The Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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Pitched as the never-before-told origin story of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” told in the vein of Wicked – from the villainess’s point of view.

This sounds pretty amazing- I’m a big fan of wicked and the little mermaid, so I am totally ready for this one! I am slightly concerned that it won’t be on track for it’s May 2018 release, seeing as we don’t have a synopsis or a cover at all yet, but I will live in hope!

[Add to your goodreads TBR]


Are there any 2017/18 releases you are dying to get your hands on?

I’ll be posting a upcoming sci-fi books list very soon, so keep an eye out for that!

Bookstagram Advice: How to start a bookstagram!

So, you want advice on how to start a bookstagram?

This is the third post in a series of advice posts for bookstagrammers and bloggers! You can find the rest here, or find advice on getting ARCs here, and how to make your rep search entries more successful here!

There will be a follow up post for existing bookstagram accounts, on how to make your posts more successful, very soon!!

Please find the glossary at the bottom of this post.

1. Choosing a username

It’s always hard to chose a name which reflects you and your interests in a couple of snappy words. When choosing a bookstagram name it’s a good idea to feature a bookish element, i.e. cityoffiction- it has the word fiction and is a reference to the Mortal Instrument books. When you first start out other accounts who are also just starting out will be a lot more likely to follow you back if they can tell you are a bookstagram straight away.

Try combining words and references, or things you like.

For instance, Lauren at @fictiontea likes fiction and tea. It’s simple but incredibly memorable!

Make sure you aren’t choosing a name already taken. Even if you are hyphenating a username already in use, for instance @cityoffiction is taken but you use @city_of_fiction instead, that’s not a good move. Firstly, it seems like you are a copycat. Secondly, you won’t be memorable without an original name!

Try not to hyphenate at the start or end of your username as well, as this can make it difficult to remember your username for other users.

So, once you have a catchy bookish name, i.e. cloudydayreads, what next?

2. Start following other bookstagrammers

Though you might be following a few already you want to be following MORE once you are a bookstagram. Plus there are so many amazing bookstagrams out there, why deny yourself?

A good place to start is by looking through who you favorite bookstagrammers follow, and then taking a look at their accounts and seeing if you want to follow them! Follow other new bookstagrammers as well. Go through the recent uses of the #bookstagram hashtag and check out accounts there- these new bookstgrammers are more likely to follow you back.

3. Find an aesthetic

This one is a bit optional, and most people will fall into an aesthetic sooner or later anyway, but you can always do a little research into the kind of photography and feeds that are your favorites. Save pictures you really like for later inspiration, and make mood boards to help you along! Pinterest and using the new save option are both good ways to do this.

Most accounts will be taking pretty plain-ish photos when they first start, it’s also daunting to think you could be confined to one theme, but it does help your photography improve and gives you a visual guide. Other accounts with the same kind of theme may also be more likely to follow you!

4. Set up your photos

Find a good place in your house to take photos. Preferably somewhere with the same-ish background, because consistency looks good in feeds.

Think of a place that looks nice in photos, maybe a bedspread, a table, the outside world! It could be anywhere! Regardless of what people may tell you, phone cameras are great! They let you edit on your phone, and there’s no extra expense. Definitely don’t rush out and buy extra equipment because you feel you need to before you know you’re committed, you don’t want to waste money + lots of successful bookstagrammers don’t use fancy equipment and still produce amazing photos!

I can’t say this one enough- USE NATURAL LIGHT! Please don’t try and take photos with artificial lighting, they nearly always* come out grainy and weird looking. Try and use consistent lighting as well, so if bright sunshine is part of your photos continue to use it so your feed looks cohesive.

*unless you are using editing software or light boxes.

5. Post daily/ or as often as you can!

Bookstagrams grow faster with more regular posts, so the more you can post the better! Aim for at least one post a day if you are looking to grow your following. Posting is one of the only times you can be found by other bookstagrammers, as you will turn up on the hashtags you use, so make sure to make an impression.

6. Use the right hashtags

Using the right hashtags is important, because posting is one of the ways other bookstagrammers will find you.

I always use;

#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeatures #igreads #instareads #instabook #yalit #yareads #yalove #yafiction #books #bookphotography #bibliophile #reading #bookish 

and then add on other tags when they are relevant-

#rainbowbooks #bookishrainbow or #yafantasy #acowar etc.

You can also tag the author and publisher in the post so other people can find it through their page.

7. Join photography challenges

Photography challenges are a good way to stay motivated and plan out your photos. Here is a bookstagram secret (well, not really, but my sister had no idea) most of us don’t take our photos on the day we post them. I take a months worth of photos over three days every month, and then post them on my practice account to work out the days.

It’s hard when you are taking so many photos to think of ideas for them all, so challenges are a really good idea!

They also encourage you to meet new accounts and become more involved in the bookstagram community. And you can always team up with some other people and make your own challenges!

You can find challenges on accounts solely dedicated to uploading the challenges from that month. Type bookstagram challenges into a profile search and you should find some! Or look out for the challenges your favourite bookstagrammers are participating in, and join them! There are no rules, you can join whenever and quit whenever and you can even do more then one challenge at once!

8. Catching up on the lingo

Around bookstagram we’ve got a couple of sayings that non-bookstagrammers (or muggles, take your pick) might not understand. But worry not, I am here to de-mugglefy you!

ARCs/ARC- ARC (mostly pronounced arc, like the boat) stands for Advanced Reader Copy and is a book sent out to reviewers/bookstagrammers before the books general release to promote the book on social media. Read my post about how to apply for ARCs here!

Bookstagram- a hashtag on instagram dedicated to the posting of book photos. Bookstagram has become the collective term for the bookish community on instagram, much like booktube on youtube and Booklr on tumblr!

Bookstagrammer- someone who posts on bookstagram. Do you post pictures of books? Then you sir are a bookstagrammer!

Candles- forget everything you know about candles. On bookstagram candles are gods.

Giveaways- giveaways are people giving away stuff! You’ll have to find the original post to find what the person is giving away and how to enter, but once you’ve followed the rules you’ll be in with a chance of winning!

Rep searches- you might see a lot of people posting rep search entries and wonder what is going on. Rep searches are when companies are looking for new representatives in the bookstagram community. They want people to take pictures of their stuff, and promote it to their audience, and in return the bookstagrammers get stuff sent to them! You can read my whole article about how to enter rep searches more successfully here!

Subscription boxes- sub boxes in bookstagram tend to be book boxes, which get sent out on a monthly (sometimes quarterly) basis. Boxes, for example Fairyloot and Owlcrate, send subscribers a box full of book related goodies and a chosen book each month, and everything is a complete surprise until it turns up! You’ll see them around, and you might witness a lot of unboxings as well.

Unboxings- when people get mail they like to show people whats inside! This could be anything- books, bookmarks, subscription boxes, candles, the list goes on! You can also post unboxings on your story- make sure to tag the shop so they can see!

Questions you still may have;

Why is everyone on bookstagram obsessed with candles? 

They smell good and look pretty.

What do the random assortment of capital letters and numbers on people’s bios mean?

They are rep codes! You can use them to get a discount at a shop.

How many times a day should I post?

Up to you, but try and be consistent with whatever you choose.

Do I have to buy all this stuff, books and candles and funkos, to be a popular account?

NO. Never think you have to buy into the commercial side of bookstagram to be a part of this community.

I want to make friends but I don’t know how?

Message them and let them know! Ask them their favourite book! Keep in mind bigger accounts may not have the time to respond to you, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t get one- instead try a smaller account!

What editing apps should I use?

I literally just use instagram, but I know VSCO is very popular.

Was this helpful? Let me know!

You can find me on bookstagram, I’m @cityoffiction!

The Bookstagram/Blogger Bible- Advice posts to help you start up and thrive!

I’m writing a series of posts about starting bookstagramming/book blogging and how to make the most of the experience!

I will be updating links as posts are uploaded, so you can check back for more (or follow me to see them when I post!)

Bookstagram

Blogging

  • How to start a book blog! (coming soon!)

General

ARC advice: How to get ARCS/or How to make your requests more successful!(with UK publisher contact list!)

 

Want to know how to get ARCS? Want to know how to make your requests more successful? Want to know what ARC means?! You’ve come to the right place!

This post is the second in a series of advice posts for bloggers/bookstagrammers!

There are already some ARC advice blog posts which are extremely helpful but they all focus around how to contact US publishers, not UK ones, so this is going to be a little different. I’ll share my general advice and then share some UK specific advice as well.

ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy, and they are proof copies of books sent out by publishers to reviewers. These can also be called ‘Unfinished proofs’. For the purposes of this post I am referring to physical ARCs, but I will briefly talk about e-ARCs and netgalley (and there will be a whole post dedicated to this soon, so keep an eye open for it!)

Publisher’s send these a couple of months before the books general release to get an early pool of reviews, and to hype up publicity.

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Rep Search Advice: How to Make Your Rep Search Entries More Successful!

Before we start, a disclaimer: I’ve been made a rep three times for three different companies, but this in no way makes me an expert. These are not hard set rules, more advice from me to you on how to become a rep/be a good rep. You may even know things I don’t know, in which case leave a comment!

It’s also EXTREMELY important to remember that rep searches aren’t giveaways- you are being employed to do a job for someone. Please don’t enter rep searches if you just want the ‘stuff’, only enter if you are passionate about promoting that stuff to your followers.

1. Before the rep search is posted

Really the first steps to being chosen a rep starts BEFORE the rep search is even posted. If you have a favorite company then check out when their last rep search was held, and for how long a rep period the new reps will be kept on for. Expect a new rep search just before or just after these reps are retired.

Once you know around when the rep search will be held you should make yourself known to the shop owner (not in a creepy way!) but leave comments on their posts, make conversation. If you can, buy something from their shop and post pictures and unboxings. This will really make the shop owner remember you and they’ll know in advance that you’d be a dedicated rep.

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Reader Vocab: The Spoiler Zone

 

It occurred to me today, 140 pages in to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, that right front and centre on the cover is a glaring spoiler. I hadn’t noticed it before because it hadn’t meant anything to me, to pre-reading DoSaB-Katie it was just a tagline and would quickly be discussed in book. 140 pages (1/4 ish) of the way in and it hasn’t yet shown any sign of being mentioned or explained, and now I am spoiled. Sigh.

I would define spoiler as

Spoiler- a piece of information which gives away important plotline information about a form or media, i.e. a book or movie. This can be overheard physically, or read online.

E.g. Person 1: Did you hear that Jesus comes back to life after three days?

Person 2: What?! I’m not at that point yet! God, give a spoiler warning before saying things like that!

And a Spoiler Zone, a phrase I am making up myself to fill what is obviously a glaring void in our vocabulary, as-

Spoiler Zone- the period of time after you start consuming a form of media (i.e. a book or TV show) but haven’t yet finished it.

This is the period of time you are most likely to be spoiled. Before this point, before you even started watching friends, for example, you didn’t care that Ross and Rachel broke up because you didn’t know who Ross and Rachel are.

But you can bet after you start reading that book spoilers you’ve never even seen before will start flying out at you from all over, so the best way to combat it is to FINISH THAT BOOK before the spoiling can take place.


(But seriously, what kind of person puts an ACTUAL SPOILER on the front of a book? In my reviews I consider anything in the synopsis and up to 20% in fair game, but I am like 25% through now and there has BEEN NO MENTION OF THIS!)

This post is such a mess, but there you go! There’s a lot of phrases I use to explain my reading, and I’ve never written about them before, so I figured I should start explaining them. Also I’m annoyed about that spoiler!

 

 

Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli!

This is a spoiler free review! Thank you to Penguin teen for sending me a copy! This has in no way effected my review.

In the Upside of Unrequited we follow Molly, the slightly nerdier and slightly heavier twin to her sister Cassie. Also straighter: Cassie is gay. And on the look out for a girlfriend. This is how the story begins, with Molly in a club bathroom talking to a cool Asian girl with an even cooler t-shirt and introducing her to Cassie, which unwittingly starts a series of events that Molly could never have predicted.

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Everything Everything: an in-depth analysis into the ableism problem

Later this year the Everything Everything movie will come out, and people and opinions (I’m sure) will be divided all over again. If you haven’t read Everything Everything, or even if you have read it as someone who doesn’t delve into book twitter/tumblr or read goodreads reviews, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. To you Everything Everything (which I’m henceforth shortening to EE) is just a book with an extremely pretty cover and a movie trailer with some serious Beyoncé vocal magic going on.

What EE actually is is complicated (to say the least) and has been debated many times by many readers coming from a lot of different backgrounds. In many ways I have nothing meaningful to add to this conversation, but I would consider it an achievement if I make more readers think about the use of disabled characters/disabilities to further a plotline. I do suffer from a chronic illness which I do consider to be a disability (I’ll go into more detail later). I doubt I’ll actually come to a conclusion about how I feel about EE by the end of this mess of a post, because it’s been well over a year since I first picked it up and I’ve been conflicted ever since, but I do want to map out my thoughts on paper (well, screen) and see if that helps me at all.

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My 2017 Most Anticipated Read (and book buying ban).

Foreword: This blog post was written almost entirely in January, ten days into January to be precise. Like most things I left it in my drafts, and now I’ve come along and finally finished it. Yay! I don’t see much point in rearranging my original text to make it seem like I wrote all this in March (when this was so obviously supposed to be a start of year post) so expect some differences on time zones throughout. Enjoy!

I start this year with 35 books sitting on my shelves yet to read- and I am excited about all of them. Because of this, and believe me I wish I didn’t have to do this, I am going on a book buying ban. For a year. Starting now.

Actually, we are now 10 days into this ban, and I can confirm I have not *technically* brought any books yet. Technically, because I built in a few rules that will help me get through this long long year.

First of all, I am allowed to buy my most anticipated releases. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a list of all the books I am dying to read in 2017, and I then preordered them all, so I don’t have to worry about missing out. I also am allowed to buy a few sequels, because 99% of the unread books I own are firsts in a series, and I know never getting further then the first book in some of these will kill me.

So, without further ado, here comes my most anticipated books of 2017 up to May (aka. the ones I have allowed myself to preorder)(I will be planning my rest of year anticipated releases in late May, so I don’t miss any out).

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