May 21, 2017

Review: Me You Us by Aaron Karo



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Title: Me You Us
Author: Aaron Karo
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 320 Pages
Published June 2016



Summary: What if the secrets of dating and love were revealed in one simple formula? That’s the tantalizing proposition high school senior Shane Chambliss offers the hopeless and hapless guys who come to him for relationship advice. After the girl of his dreams breaks his heart, Shane devises a mysterious formula called the Galgorithm and establishes himself as the resident dating guru at Kingsview High School. But his attempts to master the art of romance go outrageously awry. As Shane tries to navigate the ensuing drama, he must follow his heart, abandon all the rules, and ignore his own advice in a quest for true love. What he discovers, no formula could ever predict... 

Okay, guys. The story of how I got this book is really cute and sappy. For my birthday, my boyfriend took me on a surprise trip to the city, filled with tons of activities, food and destinations that he wouldn't tell me until we arrived at them. And a Housing Works bookstore happened to be one of them. (Be still, my little geeky heart.) And then as an additional present, he bought me some books, and this was one of them. I didn't know much about it before I  read it -- I'd just heard some praise here and there, and I was curious to see what it was all about. And I'm glad I did, because this book is equal parts adorable and hysterical.

Other reviewers aren't wrong when they say that this is the perfect book for John Green fans. Being that John is my favorite author of all time, this was a prospect that seemed sort of sketchy for me at first, because I felt like no book could ever remind me of a John Green book unless it was a John Green book itself. But boy, was I wrong. It's kind of difficult to put into words, but this book just had a general feeling that reminded me so much of Looking For Alaska -- which was a great sign, because that is my absolute favorite book of all time. The main character, Shane, just had a voice equal parts witty and sarcastic that you could've told me this book was written by John Green and I would've totally believed it without an ounce of hesitation. 

I really did like this book -- especially most of the characters. Shane himself was the perfect main character, being emotional and also sarcastic at all of the right times. I also really enjoyed Jak, because she was the type of girl that didn't conform to people's ideals or fads or standards, and she had the knack for messing up some of the most perfect moments. Shane's parents were also super adorable, and they were totally relationship goals, which definitely helped Shane with his love endeavors.

Speaking of those endeavors, one of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much was the actual plot itself. The concept of a boy using his matchmaking services for the greater good to help the underdog get the girl was a totally new plot line to me, so it had me hooked from the get go. As a book blogger, I read a lot of books (duh). So a lot of the stories I read start to blend together and not stand out all that much in my mind, solely because I read so frequently and with as many books as there are in the world, sometimes it's hard to find an original idea. However, I didn't find that to be the case with this book, considering my lifelong reading experience. I thought that this idea was fresh and different, super interesting, and even really hysterical at times. I loved it. 

I won't spoil the ending for you, but I'll just say that I really liked how the book ended, even though I was a bit hesitant on that throughout the last few chapters. By the time the book ended, however, I was satisfied. I closed that book feeling sad that it was over, and realizing that I liked it a lot more than I had ever expected to. I certainly didn't think it could ever hold a candle to John Green's stories, but that it did, and here we are.

The only thing that I wasn't that crazy about in this book was Tristen, but that's more of my personal opinion than an actual problem with the plot or the writing. From the very beginning, I thought there was something off about her, but of course Shane was super into her because -- as stereotypical as it sounds here -- some guys will just be guys and the power of big boobs will keep them hooked even if the person said boobs are attached to is a little crazy. I thought something seemed weird about her from the start, and it got progressively worse as the book went on. By the end, she was practically creepy. Thank goodness some people eventually started catching on to that. I just thought she was a kind of weird character in general.

Overall, I really enjoyed Me You Us. It was a cute story about romance, heartbreak, and matchmaking, and the main character is just so witty and funny that this book will certainly have you laughing out loud at times. I'd definitely be open to reading more of Aaron Karo's work in the future, especially because he reminds me so much of John Green, who is -- as I have mentioned a million times in this post alone, and a million more times outside of the internet world -- my absolute idol as a writer and my favorite author of all time. So if you haven't read this book yet and you're looking for a quick, funny, cute romance read, this book is definitely the one for you to check out. I'm so glad I picked it up in the bookstore that day! (And of course, thank you to my absolutely amazing boyfriend for buying me it!! ♥)



 

May 20, 2017

2017 BookCon/BEA Packing Guide!

Yay! You're going to BEA/Bookcon again! 


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For the past few years here at The Book Bratz, we've been posting a BookCon Packing Guide a few weeks prior to the event, and BookCon & BEA-attendees alike said it helped them out tremendously - especially those who were traveling to the events for the first time! So whether you're heading to BookCon, BEA, or both, check out this handy-dandy packing guide! Just run through it, check off what you have, and make mental notes about what you still have to do. We were told two years ago that there were a couple of things that were on our list that other bloggers overlooked or hadn't even thought about needing - so no matter how ready you think you are, it never hurts to give it a peek!

So without further ado, here's what we recommend packing for BookCon/BEA!

1. A backpack. 

Definitely, hands down, without a doubt. It doesn't have to be a big, huge, schoolbag-worthy one, but that's definitely the kind of one that we'd recommend. Just make sure that you'll be able to fit a decent amount of books and freebies you'll be picking up, along with your lunch and other small things. There are some totes bags that are given away during BookCon. However, don't absolutely count on it! The totes went pretty fast and then you were charged for them at certain booths, so bring a bag (and an extra tote - like the $0.99 ones you buy at the supermarket - just in case.) If you anticipate bringing a lot of books, you can also bring a suitcase to check in that you can stop off at from time to time to drop some of your books into so you can empty your backpack for another round on the floor!

2. A small cross-body bag. 

It doesn't need to be anything big--all it's for is storing your phone, your money, and your schedule. It would be way too much of a hassle to have to fish those things out of your bag of books and freebies and lunch and nonsense. Also store your business cards in there if you plan on giving them out. This was the best idea out of all that we're going to recommend to you!!

3. Your plan!

Write down all of the panels, signings and such that you know you MUST attend, along with their times and locations. And store that in your clutch for easy access. Two years ago, we made a not-so-solid plan, more of a loose guideline. Big mistake. This year, we're armed and ready with a full two-page worthy plan of what to make sure we do, what times, and how to get there.

4. Comfortable clothes/shoes. 

Sure, you want to look cute while walking around and meeting other authors and bloggers, but you want to be comfortable too! Go for some comfy-yet-causal styles such as leggings, comfy flats, or sneakers. (We seriously recommend sneakers. Blisters are not a fun way to spend your day.)

5. A sweatshirt.

Because yes, contrary to popular belief, it does get chilly in the Javits Center. It was pretty sweltering on the show floor, so we recommend something short-sleeved, but definitely bring a sweatshirt because the main stage area is a bit chilly!

6. Deodorant. 

Even though it may get chilly inside the stage room, the crushing crowds cause people to stress and sweat. Plus, since you're going to practically be squashed in with everyone, you want to make sure that you smell nice. (We wish several people had taken our advice about this when we were crammed in line waiting for John Green a few years ago.)

7. Cash. 

There's no set amount that you need to bring with you, but lunch is expensive at the Javits Center, so if you don't plan on bringing your own lunch, bring a decent amount of dough with you. Even if you do bring your lunch, bringing $40-$50 along with you is helpful for buying books, paying for luggage storage, grabbing an extra drink/snack, or (of course, duh, because this is BookCon, people!) buying some books.


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8. Any books you want to get signed.

BookCon is going to be absolutely stuffed with amazing authors (especially our favorites!), so if you know that any of your favorites are going, toss a book of theirs in your bag to get signed. Seriously. Even if you know they aren't doing an autograph session, because you never know! Most autograph lines give out copies of the books, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

9. A lunch and some light snacks. 

The Javits Center has some nice food selections if you'd like, but they're pretty pricey and lines can possibly be miles long. Chances are, time that you will spend waiting on line at the food court is time that you could be using to check out some more amazing things that BookCon has to offer. So bring your own lunch/snacks/drinks along with you so you can eat quickly and then go back to having an awesome time. Packing a lunch and eating it while on an autographing/panel line or while you have time to kill is the best option.

10. TWO water bottles. 

Because dehydration is a nightmare, and you don't want to get sick on an awesome day like this. One water bottle was what we recommended in the past, and it wasn't enough.

11. A portable phone charger. 

Augustus Waters's death may have been inevitable (*sob*), but that doesn't mean that your phone's has to be. Portable chargers are literally the 8th wonder of the world, so charge one up the night before and bring it along with you just in case your battery percentage dips into the single digits while you're out having fun. There are really no available outlets for you to charge your phone anywhere (as Amber learned the hard way), so bring a portable charger with you and plan to use that. Charge your phone for as long as possible on the train or in the car, keep your brightness down, and only use it when you have to. The service in the Javits Center is spotty at best and your phone battery experiences some serious drainage. 

12. Business cards. 

If you're a book blogger, this event is one of the most perfect places to get the word out about your blog. Print up some business cards and bring them with you so you'll be ready to pass the word along! These were a GODSEND. We handed them out to fellow bloggers and readers we met, and even to authors during autograph sessions. You get plenty of time to endorse yourself while waiting on lines - and our follower count on the blog jumped quite a bit post-BookCon!

13. Pen/pencil and a Sharpie. 

You never know when you'll need a pen, and that applies to all areas of your life. And who knows if you'll bump into someone awesome and want their autograph?

14. Makeup/Hairbrush

As previously mentioned, you'll get pretty sweaty/disheveled during this entire ordeal, so these items are a must if you plan on slipping into the bathroom and freshening up before meeting your favorite author. 

15. Yourself, ready for an awesome time! 

Because this is going to be an awesome day!




Hopefully this packing list for BEA/BookCon helped you all out! Comment below and let us know what we left out that needs to be added to the list, your opinions on the list in general, or how excited you are for BookCon/BEA! Also make sure to share this post, because we want everyone to get to see this handy-dandy packing guide not to endorse ourselves, but to help everyone make sure they're prepared for the best day of the booknerd year! Can't wait to see all of you this year! :-)

May 19, 2017

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


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Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 367 Pages
Published August 2016



Summary: Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I'm a huge Colleen Hoover fan, but I hadn't had a lot of reading time in college and therefore didn't get my hands on this book as soon as it came out, which I should have. Emily did, however, (and her review is linked at the bottom of this post), and she recently encouraged me to buy it and read it before BookCon (since Colleen Hoover herself is going to be there!!!!!), so I did. And let me just tell you guys, Colleen has done it again. I haven't really disliked any books of hers as far as I can remember, and this one was no different.

As the summary explains, this is the story of a girl named Lily, who grew up in an abusive household. Once she finally managed to escape it and she found a man and fell in love, he has random outbursts that remind her of her childhood, but they're far less frequent than her father's were, and she finds herself forgiving him again and again. On top of that, a lot of things come up about her first love, and that isn't making her life any easier. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It gave you a good insight into domestic abuse from both a person who has witnessed it during her childhood and experienced it in her adult life. Before reading this book, I will sadly admit that I used to not understand why people in abusive relationships ever stayed in them -- I always said that the minute my significant other laid a hand on me, that would be the end of it and I would disappear. I was young and dumb and figured it was that simple.

This book shows you that it isn't that simple.

And this book is even based off of some of the author's own life experiences, which I didn't know until the end when I was reading the author's note and acknowledgements, which opened my eyes to the subject of domestic abuse even more. Colleen Hoover isn't just creating a character who witnessed these terrible things happen in her life. She herself has seen some of them.

I also really enjoyed Lily as a character. She was strong and independent, and she spoke her mind pretty frequently (hence her and Ryle's "naked truths"). Throughout the book, she may have some weaknesses from time to time but overall she shows strength and determination that I valued and admired. 

So it's safe to say that by the time I got to the end of this book, my mind was opened up and I realized that domestic abuse situations, while still unhealthy and definitely something that every person needs to get themselves out of, it's necessarily a "one and done" situation where it's that simple to get up and walk away.

In that same vein, that's the one thing that kept me from giving this book five stars. (Spoilers ahead, so please skip to the next paragraph if you haven't read this book yet!) I think Lily made the right choice by not getting back with Ryle, but I feel like still letting him be a part of this child's life was a bit of an iffy decision. Of course, this is only my opinion, which doesn't have much weight on the subject because I've never been a victim of domestic abuse myself. I guess seeing it from an outsider's perspective, I noticed a lot of the mistakes Lily was making (such as forgiving him multiple times, etc.) before she necessarily realized them myself. I even noticed that several other readers were Tweeting similar thoughts about the book, so I wasn't alone in that sense. So yeah...I just feel that the ending made me feel a bit weird. On one hand, I think that Lily definitely made the right decision (even if I totally shipped them in the beginning ), but still allowing Ryle to be in the baby's life at all made me feel a little bit weird. I understand that she didn't want the baby to have a tough and confusing life with Ryle not in it, but I don't know. Maybe it's just me. That's just the one part that I felt a little weird about. (But like I said, I'm no expert on domestic abuse, so I may be reading the situation in a totally different way.)

Also, time passed in weird intervals in this book. Sometimes entire months would pass in between chapters, and sometimes just days or hours would. And when these significant stretches of time passed, all the reader got was a brief brush-up on the scenario, but some of these scenes that we missed were either really sweet or important, so it sucked just a little bit that we didn't get to read the entire scenario ourselves.

Overall, I really enjoyed It Ends With Us. Even if it wasn't perfect, Colleen Hoover did it again with another book that makes you laugh, gasp, cry, and swoon at all of the perfect moments. If you were on the fence about this book because you hears about it's about domestic abuse, I still recommend picking it up and giving it a try. It's especially important if you're not a victim of abuse, because it opens your eyes and helps you to see what the situation is like from the eyes of the victim, and most importantly, it shows you how and why it isn't always that easy to walk away. I really enjoyed reading this book, and it managed to change my perception on a topic that I didn't know much about previously, so I definitely think that it served its purpose. 



May 18, 2017

My Final Words as A Book Brat... (Amber's Farewell Post)

I've dreaded writing this post for months, and I think that is why I have put it off for so long. As of now, I am leaving The Book Bratz. I knew that this point was going to come one day, but I wasn't expecting it so soon.  

I want to thank Jessica and Emily for being the best co-bloggers a girl can ask for. If it wasn't for you both we would have never made it this far. Just to think, that four years ago I sent Jessica a text about starting a blog. We were sophomores in high school and now we are about to be sophomores in college. I'll always be proud of the progress and growth we made in all this time, the friends and connections we made, and the thousands of readers world wide that we have reached. These last four years are always going to hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you both can say the same. All the memories, remember our first BookCon? Our first review? All the squealing when we were contacted by publishers? My stupid 4 a.m. questions when you guys were trying to sleep  (This part is so incredibly hard to write, I am crying as I write this.) Keep our baby alive girls, you're going to do amazing things with it. 

To all of our readers and followers and friends, thank you. Thank you for welcoming me into the blogging community. Me and Jessica were 16 when we first started blogging, we were pretty much children and the friends we made through the years never once made us feel like we didn't belong. I never blogged for the perks, I blogged because I loved it and I loved having new content for our followers. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the most incredible four years of my life. I'll still be keeping up with all of your blogs. Just not as a blogger anymore. I love all of you, and wish everyone the best on their blogging careers.

Thank you so much to all the Authors I look up to, and always will. In my blogging career I had entered some of the worst points in my life and reading is what got me through it. I was able to relate to characters and the writing. I finally felt like I wasn't a lone. All the adventures, and the romances and saving the world I've experienced through these words will stick with me forever. A million times thank you. 

I am officially crying now as I type. This isn't a goodbye, this is a see you later. 


Lots of love and a ton of hugs, signing off for the final time

May 17, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Jessica's Waiting on:


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Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017


Summary: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
Adam Silvera is about to do it again with another awesome book with a totally strange and unique concept (similar to what he did in More Happy Than Not), and I'm super excited to read all about it. I finished History Is All You Left Me a  few weeks ago, and it reminded me why I loved his writing so much, and now I'm super excited for September so I can get my hands on it again. Not to mention that he's a super awesome and friendly author that I love reviewing for, so this book is another little treat of a great story that I'm excited to read! 

Also, you guys. The summary. And that title. If that didn't lure you in, I don't know if anything ever will.

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your links so I can stop back! 

May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Buy Your Mom!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!
This Week's Topic: Books To Buy Your Mom!
My mom is actually a huge reader, so I absolutely loved this topic when I heard it. So now I've ranked the 10 books that you need to buy your mom ASAP if you haven't already, with #1 being my favorite recommendation. Here's to hoping she enjoys them! (And if you're interested in any of them, click on the covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages!)

 10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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I remain steadfast in my belief that you haven't lived until you've officially read the Twilight series. 

9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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We managed to get Emily's mom to read it (and she and Emily even got matching tattoos alluding to it!), and my next goal is to get my mom into it. The Caster Chronicles is a great series filled with love, loss, and lots of darkness and magic. It's a thrilling series from start to finish that Mom will love!

8. (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

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Another thrilling, chilling read that will totally blow your mind, and it's totally great enough that even your mom will understand and enjoy it. One of my personal favorite psychological thrillers!

7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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If she already loves the movie, she'll love this book even more, which goes a lot more in depth with feelings and romance and even ends up being funnier and more enjoyable than the actual movie itself.

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I mean, I'm assuming she's read this already. And if not, it's one of the great American classics. She most definitely should pick this one up and fall in love with the allure and the struggles of this 1920's love story. 

5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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I've been pushing this one on my mom for awhile, but she's still a little uneasy about the idea of a world where Dorothy is the evil dictator of Oz. Regardless, I think I've finally convinced her, because it takes a spin on a story that you both know and love, and it makes it something totally new!

4. Made For Us by Samantha Chase

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I'm a huge fan of Samantha Chase's super sweet and heartwarming love stories, so if your mom is into romantic reads, I'd recommend this book in particular, but also anything by Samantha Chase is fair game!

3. Looking For Alaska by John Green

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Because you're never too young to have a soul-searching moment.

2. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

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I've recommended this book to my mom several times and finally got her to read it -- and of course she thought it was equal parts creepy and amazing!

1. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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Thanks to Rachel over at A Perfection Called Books, I absolutely fell in love with this book and have therefore pushed it on absolutely everybody ever since I finished reading it. I even got Emily's mom to read it! If you have any interest in a story like William and Kate's, or you just love romance in general, I am telling you guys that this is most definitely the book for you.

So those are the top ten books that I recommend buying your mom, based off of the kind of books that my own mom enjoys reading! Have you recommended any of these to your mom? Do you have other recommendations based on what you've seen? Comment down below and let me know your thoughts -- and check back next week for the next Top Ten Tuesday! :-)


May 15, 2017

The College Diaries: Finally Home For The Summer!

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You guys, I'm so close. The moment is almost here. This time tomorrow I'll be packing up and heading back home for the summer, and I'll officially have survived my first year of college! As much as I'll miss all of my friends I made here and this absolutely amazing school and beautiful campus, I'm more than ready for a summer filled with relaxing, reading, and soaking up lots of sun without a term paper in sight.

One of the hardest things about being away for school for this entire year was that it was really hard to have any free time for myself, let alone any time to read or write. I noticed that whenever I did manage to have a sliver of free time (which was really rare), I more often than not just ended up closing my eyes and falling asleep and just appreciating the few moments where I had nothing on my agenda. Being constantly busy left me with no desire to do anything other than just sit and relax in the few minutes of nothingness that I would occasionally have. Of course, this means that I literally had zero motivation to read. One of the worst parts about college is that you feel absolutely guilty whenever you take any time to do something that isn't work -- so yes, I was feeling overwhelming amounts of anxiety and guilt even while I was taking a freaking shower because those were precious moments wasted that I could be doing work. So that part of college definitely sucked.

Now that summer is so close, I'm looking forward to relaxing while also being super productive. I now have three months to go to work and make some money, enjoy some time in the sunshine, and read as many books as possible! I'll also be able to work with Amber and Emily to make the changes and touch-ups our blog needs while we're all home together (they stayed home for school, which makes it very hard for the three of us to ever meet up and get anything done, because whenever I come home for a weekend to visit I'm running around catching up with everyone). So this is going to be a great summer, guys. This blog is about to get ten times better, and there's so much time to read and relax and enjoy the weather without homework to do, and not to mention BOOKCON! Will I be seeing any of you there?

If you were away for college this year (or have ever been at any point in your life), can you relate to what I'm saying, or am I just totally over-stressed and this is a problem that's unique to me? Comment down below!

Here's to a great Summer of 2017, and plenty of reading time!

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May 12, 2017

Your Ultimate Guide to BookCon


Hey Guys! So BookCon is rapidly approaching and I couldn't be any more excited. This is my third time attending BookCon and I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips and tricks with you.


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  1. Prepare Ahead of Time
Make sure you plan ahead. Make a list of all the panels and autographings you would like to attend. It is so important to make sure you know where you want to go and what time everything is so you don't overlap events or make yourself crazy the day of.


  2. Bring a backpack and extra bags.
The amount of books you’ll receive is absolutely insane and you’ll need somewhere to keep them. A backpack is perfect because it will fit a lot, as well as any other things you’ll need to bring. As for extra bags, you’ll want to bring some totes as well. Many booths do give out free totes, so don't bring too many.


  3. Activate your badges.
If you ordered your tickets before May 5th, you’ll receive your badges in the mail. You want to make sure you activate them before the day of the show in order to gain access to the show floor and other exclusive content. If you ordered tickets after the ticket mailing deadline, you’ll have to pick up your badges at will call the day of BookCon.


 4. Download the app.
BookCon offers a free mobile app. The app helps you plan your day and allows you to interact with others attending the show. Keep checking the app while at BookCon because others will post whats going on. You won't want to miss the booth that's giving away an advanced copy of that book you’re waiting to read.





I hope you guys found this helpful and be sure to look out for our post on our BookCon packing guide!




 

May 10, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor!

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Jessica's Waiting on:


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Title: A Map For Wrecked Girls
Author: Jessica Taylor
Publisher: Dial Books 
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017


Summary: Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them. Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present? 

This is just the kind of thrilling, chilling read that I have been looking for, and the cover is just a beautiful bonus. The summary of this book caught me from the very beginning, and now I am eagerly awaiting August to get my hands on this book! As gruesome as it may seem, I'm a big fan of survival stories (which is probably why I enjoyed The Hunger Games so much), so this is just perfect, in the most nightmarish of ways. It seems like it will contain tons of secrets and nightmares and (hopefully) a lot of perseverance and plot twists, which will make for a thrilling ride.I definitely can't wait to read this one! If you've read an ARC of this already or you're like me and also have this on your TBR, what are your thoughts?

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your links so I can stop back! 

May 8, 2017

Strange The Dreamer Giveaway!

Hey, you!


Yeah, you. Do you like giveaways? Because if you do, we've got one for you. We are partnering with Little, Brown to give away a Strange The Dreamer Prize Pack, which includes the book and some other awesome goodies, shown below:


Does this look like some awesome stuff that you'd definitely like to win? Because if it does, you're in luck: all you have to do is head over to our Twitter page and retweet the pinned Tweet, in addition to following both our Twitter account and The Novl's Twitter account. It's seriously that simple! Unfortunately, this giveaway is U.S. only, because Little, Brown will be the one mailing you your prize.

The giveaway closes on May 15th @ 12:00am EST, so be sure to enter while there's still time! This book is currently on my TBR for 2017, and I got a copy from the publisher in the mail recently that is absolutely gorgeous, so trust me when I tell you that you definitely don't want to be missing out with this giveaway. Not to mention that the makeup, headphones, and pens are a gorgeous (and glittery) plus!

So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself entered to win all of these awesome prizes! 

You can also get a brief crash course on what the book is about right here:



We'd also like to thank Little, Brown and The Novl for helping us host this giveaway! This is a book I myself (Jessica) can't wait to read, so I am super excited to be working on an opportunity to spread the joy to another awesome follower of ours! :-)

May 6, 2017

Creating Our Own LootCrate!

You guys, we have a super fun project in store for you today! We teamed up with Loot Crate to design our own bookish dream crate -- centered around Jessica's favorite author, John Green! We were hard at work on this one.


1. A Copy of Each of the Books - Duh!

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2. Candy Cigarettes - To Channel Your Inner Alaska and Augustus 

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3. A Fountain Pen or Two -- Pudge Seems Like The Kind of Guy Who Would Use Them 

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4. A "This Is Not A Pipe" Tee Shirt -- An Ode to Hazel Grace

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5. A DFTBA Shirt -- Because, Of Course, You Have To Give A Shoutout To The Vlogbrothers!

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6. A Package of Pins (Go Paper Towns!) 

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7. Some Posters With Really Inspirational John Green Quotes

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8. A Cool, Interesting-Looking Notebook -- John Green Does Like To Encourage Writers, After All

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9. And Of Course, With Cool Notebooks Comes Cool Pens!

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10. Finally, A Copy Of A Hank Green & The Perfect Strangers Album -- Because When You Pay Tribute To One Brother, You Have To Include The Other!

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We'd like to extend a big thank you to Loot Crate for reaching out to us and collaborating with us on this project! LootCrate is the perfect place for gamers and geeks (and yes, even bookworms!) to get some awesome surprises every now and then. If you're interested in learning more about them or you want to sign up for a delivery of your own, check out their website! And if you're interested in signing up to get a Loot Crate as an awesome gift for a friend, you can do that right here!

This was such an awesome project. Our little book nerd hearts are so happy!