Top Ten Things on my Bookish Bucket List

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

If you can't already tell, I love books and all things bookish. But more than reading, I love owning books, and the work that goes into them. I have a few 'bookish' things on my bucket list, and here they are!

1. Read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Besides books, I am a huge musical theatre junkie, and I NEED to read this brick one day!

2. Go to BEA
BEA is like fashion week in the publishing world. I went to OLA (the Ontario Library Association) this year, but I desperatley want to go to BEA.

3. Go to the LA Times Festival of Books
Same as BEA. I just love being around bookish people and this sounds like such a fun thing.

4. Work in publishing
I am going into school next year with the hopes of graduating and entering the publishing world. I want to eventually do what Suman from @HCCFrenzy, or the Ladies from @epicreads do.

5. Have a library
Self explanitory

6. Read all of Jane Austin's work
I haven't read anything by her and I really want to change that.

7. Meet John Green
John Green is one of my favourite authors, and he's so intelligent. I just want to sit down with him and talk to him. I think it'd be a great experience.

8. Have tea with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs
I met Tahereh Mafi back in 2012, even before Unravel Me came out, and she was so much fun. And I want to meet Ransom sooo badly because I love the Miss Peregrine's books. So I just want to have tea with them and chat and have a good time. I would spend the majority of it crying, but it'd be fun! 

9. Meet J.K. Rowling
Her books were so much apart of my childhood and my life now that I just want to hug her, and thank her for everything that she has written. She will never know to what extent her books have helped me, and I want to give her a peek at how she has influenced me.

10. Reach 100 followers on the blog
I've been blogging for almost 2 years now, and I have accumulated about 50 followers. I really love my blog, and I love how I run it, but I really wish I would have more followers. I'm not trying to sound rude in anyway, but like anything we do in life, if you put in a lot of effort, you want recognition. It's the same for me :)

Those are the top ten things that are on my bookish bucket list! Link me to you TTT posts in the comments, or let me know what's on your bookish bucket list! Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon!

-Indigo
@IndigoWaywoworth

Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Friday, 21 March 2014



Book: Hollow City

Series: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #2

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Pages: 396 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Preordered from 

Buy the Book: The Book Depository, Amazon, Chapters Indigo
Goodreads Summary

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.


Interview with Side Effects May Vary Author, Julie Murphy

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Hey everyone! I reached out to Julie Murphy, author of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, and asked if she'd like to come on the blog! Like the sweetie she is, she answered some of my questions, and here they are! Thanks so much to Julie for doing this, and you should all go buy SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY! On sale today! You can read my review here. :)

1. What was the biggest challenge in writing Side Effects May Vary?
Striking that balance for Alice. She takes things far, sometimes too far, but I had to be able to justify everything to myself.

2. When you found out that your book was going to be published, how did you celebrate?
Well, I had the worst sunburn of my life, so I sat in the dark, covered in aloe, but after that cleared up, I drank lots of sangria and ate tons of pizza. I also got the tattoo I'd been wanting for a while, a rather large Where the Wilds Things Are piece.

3. Out of all the characters in Side Effects May Vary, which one are you the most like?
This won't be a popular answer, but I really lean toward Alice. Imagine Alice fifteen years later. She's learned her lessons. She's still a little prickly, but she means well. That being said, I definitely have a little Debora in me too. And I have totally been the Harvey in a relationship. Not fun.

4. What was the most memorable experience during the writing process?
There was one night while drafting where I wrote about forty pages in one night, and it was incredible. Definitely a magic I wish I could recapture. Also, getting that email saying that my editor had approved the final draft was incredible. I have never felt so accomplished.

5. Are there any real life inspirations for the characters?
I think I steal little small characteristics from everyone I meet, but no one in particular. I think my characters are more a hodge podge of everyone I've ever met.


Quick fire round!


Coffee or tea? Which kind?
Tea! Iced passion tea!

Cake or pie? Which kind?
AH! BOTH! But, really, cake. Italian Cream Cake.

Last book you read and loved?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, but also LOVED Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu.

Favourite TV show?
The Wonder Years, but also a huge fan of Skins, My Mad Fat Diary, and Friday Night 

Lights.

Favourite movie?
Just one??? Maybe The Royal Tenenbaums or Blue Valentine!

Guilty Pleasure?
Instagram! Can Instagram be a guilty pleasure?




About Julie


Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she's not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Her debut contemporary young adult novel, Side Effects May Vary, is out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on March 18, 2014. Julie’s follow-up novel, currently titled Dumplin’, is due out in 2015.

Visit her website: http://juliemurphywrites.com/

Follow her on Twitter: @andimjulie


About Side Effects May Vary




What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.


Thanks again to Julie for doing this! I hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know if you've read SEMV in the comments! See you all soon, and Happy reading!

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

ARC Review: Side Effects May Vary By Julie Murphy

Monday, 17 March 2014






Book: Side Effects May Vary

Author: Julie Murphy

Publisher: Baltzer and Bray

Pages: 336 Pages

Format: ARC courtesy of HCC Frenzy

Source: Requested from HCC Frenzy

Release Date: March 18th, 2014


Purchase: Chapters IndigoAmazonB&NBook Depository

An advanced copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, @HCCFrenzy!


Goodreads Summary

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? 

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most? 

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.


February Book Haul

Friday, 14 March 2014

Hello Booknerds! I know, I know, i'm a bit late to the February book haul game, but better late than never, right? I got a lot of books this month, and you guys can watch my haul below!





Vampire Academy Books 1-6 by Richelle Mead

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard

Thanks for watching guys, and i'll see you guys later! Happy Reading!

-Indigo
@Indigowayworth


Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Monday, 3 March 2014




Book: The Archived

Series:
The Archived Book #1


Author: Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 328 Pages

Source: Purchased from Chapters

Buy the Book: The Book DepositoryAmazonChapters Indigo


Goodreads Summary
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.


February Wrap Up & March TBR

Sunday, 2 March 2014

February was a great reading month, and I am very pleased about how much I read! Here is my wrap up video, and my March TBR!


Books Read in February

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen 
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Books on my March TBR List

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

What are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments! Talk to you guys soon, and happy reading!

-Indigo
@IndigoWayworth