52 short stories in 52 weeks

My friend Anna from The Writer Diaries brought this writing challenge to my attention a couple of days ago and I could not resist! The goal is attainable and not overly ambitious. One of my goals for 2016 is to write more and that I will do. Not only do I want to continue mastering the art of writing; I also want to explore new avenues and prompts I would never have stumbled upon on my own.

The challenge is based on writing advice from Ray Bradbury. He is an advocate for writing and an inspiring supporter for all aspiring writers. Bradbury once said that the “best hygiene for beginning writers or intermediate writers is to write a hell of a lot of short stories. If you can write one short story a week—doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing, and at the end of a year you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones.”

Together, Anna and I, will write a short story every week. Exciting! Who else would like to join in on the challenge?

Here are the following prompts:

1. A story entitled “A New Beginning”.

2. A story about rising to a challenge.

3. A retelling of a fairytale.

4. A story about three siblings.

5. A story set in London.

6. A story about finding something that has been lost.

7. A story about a journey.

8. A story set during a war.

9. A creepy story.

10. A story featuring a countdown.

11. A story set at a full moon.

12. A story about a contest or competition.

13. A story that takes place entirely inside a vehicle.

14. A story from a villain’s perspective.

15. A story set at a concert or festival.

16. A story that begins with a gunshot.

17. A story set in a country you’ve never been to.

18. A story about a historical figure.

19. A story set in a theatre.

20. A story written in 2nd person narrative.

21. A story set on another planet.

22. A story written from the perspective of someone dead/undead

23. A story about a birthday.

24. A story that ends on a cliffhanger.

25. A story set at the summer solstice.

26. A story about nostalgia.

27. A story that features a song or poem.

28. A story that ends at sunrise.

29. A story opening with the words “F*** you!”

30. A story about a magical object.

31. A story set at sea.

32. A story about a curse.

33. A story set 100 years in the future.

34. A story about loneliness.

35. A story that features a real recent newspaper article.

36. A story written from an animal’s perspective.

37. A story about a scientific discovery.

38. A story set on another planet.

39. A story with only one character.

40. A story about a secret.

41. A romance that ends in tragedy.

42. A tragedy that ends in romance.

43. A retelling of a recent Hollywood movie.

44. A story that takes place the year you were born.

45. A story about a near-death experience.

46. A story about anger.

47. A story about a magic spell.

48. A story set in a strange small town.

49. A story about justice being done.

50. A creation myth.

51. A story set at Christmas.

52. A story entitled “The End”.

I wish you all luck if you chose to pursue this writing challenge! :)

Emma

End of 2015

With the end of the year coming to a close it is often a person finds themselves reflecting on the past and the prospects the new year awaits.

Here are my reflections:

2015 was a whirlwind of adventure and self revelations. I discovered a lot about myself while diving into new aspirations. As I think back, I distinctly love the amount of travel I was fortunate to take with loved ones. I want to do that more. I want to travel more in 2016 and fall in love with uncharted territory.

I want to truly set a healthy goal and meet it. I lost 12 lbs in 2015 and though, that is a great accomplishment, I could have done better. I want to be better. I want to learn how to cook, to be a better support system for the people I love and to strangers, and I want to be a formidable force in trying new things! I don’t want to settle for complacency. Challenging myself is something I hope to achieve in 2016.

My reading goal was not met and I am kicking myself for it. There was definitely more time spent on Netflix than on my endless TBR list. 2016 will focus on my reading endeavors; expanding my horizons is on my list and I am happy to share that I’ve been doing just that the last two months of 2015 :)

Diving into my area of study is another one of my goals for 2016. I do not have a Master’s in English, nor do I feel like I am superior in the language. I want to grow in my knowledge for all things that involve literature, including the dreaded basics of grammar and structure.

Lastly, I want to work on my writing. The last few months I’ve mostly worked on short stories that I’ve absolutely adored. I need to not fear the uncertainty and just…do it! I need to write a full length novel. My heart and soul are positively itching for it! Here is to 2016 being the year I get back to my dream.

2016 will be my year of greatness! What are your goals/resolutions for the new year? I’d love to hear about them! <3

I hope you all bring in the new year safely! Happy New Year everyone!

Emma

Goodbye September, Hello October (2015)

*waves* Hiiiiiiiii! I’ve missed you all! It’s been so long since I’ve talked to you! I’ve accumulated lots of favorites over the past few months and I’ve got exciting news! And then there is a bit of depressing news. First, the good news: I’ve actively been writing again; little snippets of excerpts here and there. Nothing concrete. I’ve also started university back up again and biology is seriously kicking my bum. I’m kicking ass in my World Literature class though >.< Now, for the bad news: my laptop has officially died. My hard drive has failed me and thankfully I had majority backed up on Kevin’s computer so that’s a definite plus. I’m temporarily out of a computer at the moment and the goal is to save up enough money within these next two months to buy a new one! I knew old Hubert would leave me, but I was counting on later rather than sooner.

I think that’s all I’ve got for you as an update! Now, on to what this post is all about.

Favorite Book

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I’ve never read a book by Neil Gaiman before and I’m glad to have read this one first as I was completely and utterly taken away by the beautiful vivid descriptions, and held captive by it’s mysterious and alluring story line. I just…I felt like I was floating and was an active member within the story as the chain of events unfolded before my eyes. I loved every minute of it and when I was away from the story it took every bit of my will to not plunge back in head first or I would surely drown.

Thoughts after reading the novel:

That last paragraph has me wondering if I had fallen into a black hole and didn’t remember it happening.

This book was utterly brilliant and captivating. The wonderful illusions and stomach turning foreshadowing gripped my heart and wouldn’t let go. To put it simply, I’m a fan. I’m definitely a fan.

I look forward to reading more of Gaiman’s works in the future!

Favorite Music

“New Americana” by Halsey is “my jam” as Anna from The Writer Diaries says. The song is jarring and rebellious. I love how different it is and her voice is absolutely beautiful! I haven’t listened to her album, yet. It’s on my list of things to do this month!

P.S. Doesn’t the narrative in the intro sound like perfect dialogue for The Hunger Games? ;)

Favorite Show

Doctor Who

With any spare time I have I watch Netflix before bed to calm my racing thoughts. Recently, I’ve been catching up on season 8 of Doctor Who and it’s bloody brilliant as always! I approve of Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman is amazing as always!

I don’t know how to exactly explain this new Doctor’s persona. I call it eccentric with a little bit of insanity. I question his methods at times but he always has the best intentions at heart. His relationship with Clara is often times rocky, but their bond is strong.

I’m currently on the second to last episode of the season and things are :O I cried last night for about twenty minutes and my heart is still heavy thinking about the events that have transpired. Also, can anyone say twist? Like seriously! There are so many different time streams; the possibilities are endless!

If you have reservations about Capaldi being the Doctor, give him a chance. He’s honestly amazing and we all know how difficult it is to accept a new Doctor when a beloved one regenerates.

Favorite App

Tsum Tsum

Is anyone else as addicted as I am? I am totally in love with this game. I’ve been playing it non-stop for a month and it still has my attention! It’s just super cute and adorable and has one of my favorite things: Disney! So the goal of the game is to link 3 or more Tsum Tsum’s in a row to get points. If you link 7 or more Tsum Tsum’s you get magical bubbles that get you bonus points! You also collect coins and with those coins you can trade them in for Tsum Tsum’s.

I’ve got quite a collection of Tsum Tsum’s and I gotta collect them all! My favorite right now is Dale. If you collect his character, it fills up his special skill, which turns a line of Tsum Tsum to Dale. This is beneficial as you can form a 12+ link and get those magical bubbles!

Favorite Beauty Product

Garnier Triple Nutrition Shampoo

My hair has become unmanageable during the last few months. My problem is frizz. And the humidity had not been too kind in the summer. My mom noticed the condition of my hair and she bought a shampoo that she thought would help and it is a MIRACLE.

I usually take showers at night and when I wake up my hair is nice and wavy. It doesn’t stick up in random places, especially at the very top of my head. The smell is also incredible. It’s not too strong nor does it sting your scalp. Personally, I don’t like mint shampoo’s because it feels like it is searing my head.

If you have a problem with frizz I definitely recommend this product! And no, this isn’t being sponsored :)

Favorite Accessory

Knee-High Socks

Okay, so the temperature hasn’t dropped drastically like in other places in the country. I wake up early Sun-Thurs and when I leave it’s about 70 degrees out. So it’s cold for us Vegas peeps. I wear sneakers every day and they aren’t warm on my toes. The socks I bought were from DSW and they were on sale for 70%! It was a steal. I grabbed five pairs and I am readily prepared for the onslaught of winter. I can practically feel the chill in my bones. Tis a good thing!

Anyways, I love how knee-high socks keep my legs warm and they aren’t uncomfortable to wear during the day when it gets to the mid 90’s. So that’s definitely a perk! I actually have the pair to the left! :)

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As an added bonus, I want to share with you the cover reveal of Cassandra Clare’s highly anticipated novel, Lady Midnight! Eeeep! It’s definitely one of my MUST reads for 2016! It just needs to be in my life RIGHT. NOW. I was scrolling through FB and I came across it only a few minutes ago and I want to share my excitement with you all! The cover is magical. *grabby hands*

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

What were your favorite things in September? Leave me a comment down with your thoughts! :D

With love always,

Emma

 

 

Walk on Earth a Stranger Release Day Celebration!

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Hello all! I am super excited that Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson released today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new series by Rae Carson, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the Girl of Fire and Thorns series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Release date: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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SYNOPSIS

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush – era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home – until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces – as only Rae Carson can – a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow – burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

Reach chapter 1 of Walk on Earth a Stranger annotated by Rae Carson HERE!

ABOUT RAE

Displaying raecarson.jpgRae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. Her next book, Walk on Earth a Stranger, will be available September 22, 2015. She lives in Arizona with her husband.

Connect with Rae

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY

1 winner will receive a set of the 3 Girl of Fire and Thornes series (in paperback format). US ONLY.

Ends on September 30th at Midnight EST!

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win! May the odds be ever in your favor.

Emma

Cover Reveal: Sugar Skull by Glenn Dallas & Lisa Mantchev

Hello all you wonderful human beings! Today I bring you the cover reveal for Sugar Skull by Glenn Dallas and Lisa Mantchev, which releases November 10, 2015. Be sure to check it out and add it to your TBR list if you like it!

So, here goes…

TADA!

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SYNOPSIS

Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.

Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.

Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.

Purchase from Amazon and add it to Goodreads!

SNEAK PEEK OF SUGAR SKULL

If strings ran up my spine, she just plucked the high E, a fierce vibration that shakes me to my core.

She looks away, and quakes subside into mere tremors. Propping myself up against the bar, I abandon my drink to process the last few seconds.

All these months, there’s been nothing. But just now? I felt it. I feel it. I pulse with life, lightning dancing across my skin as she batters the crowd with furious verses.

But I’m stuck on that first gasp.

One note. One word. She laid me low and resurrected me in one fell swoop.

Who is this girl?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Displaying Glenn.jpgWhen not working on puzzles for Penny Press or writing about them for PuzzleNation, Glenn Dallas is an author of short stories and at least half of one novel. After appearing in the acknowledgments of several outstanding novels, he looks forward to returning the favor in the future.

Connect with Glenn

Website | Twitter

Displaying Lisa.jpgLisa Mantchev is the acclaimed author of Ticker and the Théâtre Illuminata series, which includes Eyes Like Stars, nominated for a Mythopoeic Award and the Andre Norton Award. She has also published numerous short stories in magazines, including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, and Fantasy. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with her husband, children, and horde of furry animals. Visit her online at www.lisamantchev.com.

Connect with Lisa

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This cover reveal is brought to you from Giselle over at Xpresso Book Tours.

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Sweet Temptation Release Week Blitz

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Hello lovelies! I am super stoked that Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!  If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Wendy Higgins, be sure to check out all the details below!

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Author: Wendy Higgins

Release date: September 8, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

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SYNOPSIS

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note:

Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai’s life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.

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Be sure to check out this amazing Pinterest board inspired by Kai and a bunch other goodies!

About Wendy Higgins

Displaying Wendy.jpgWendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writers full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before childhood.

Connect with Wendy

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

GIVEAWAY

1 paperback of Sweet Temptation and a signed bookplate and bookmarks. US ONLY.

Giveaway ends on September 18th at Midnight EST!

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win the goodies! May the odds be ever in your favor!

Queen of Shadows Release Day Blitz

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Hello lovely people of the interwebs! I am so excited that Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas released this week and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Release date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

SYNOPSIS

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Calaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire – for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of Queen of Shadows HERE!

ABOUT SARAH

Displaying Sarah1.jpgSarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series – Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade – as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

Connect With Sarah

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 winnter will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the Throne of Glass series. US only.

Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST.

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win! May the odds be ever in your favor.

 Emma

Goodbye June, Hello July (2015)

Hello lovelies! It’s a beautiful day in Las Vegas with temperatures at 93°F. That is wonderful for July! AND it’s the Fourth of July, which makes it even better! I’m hoping for Kevin to take me to Mt. Charleston. I’d love to spend a day out in nature. The temperature at Mt. Charleston is 70°F; a HUGE  difference!

Anyways, you all know the drill ;) I’ve got a few NEW favorites and some repeats.

Favorite Book

Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Richie. This is the fifth installment in the Addicted series. This follows Daisy Calloway and Ryke Meadows, two secondary characters in the shadow of Lily Calloway and Loren Hale. But in this installment, we get to see their story, their growth, and their love – and what pulls them together. I absolutely adore the progression and the character development of these two. They are also characters that I care so much about. They are like my babies…they need protection from the cruel eyes of the world.

My thoughts after reading the novel:

I didn’t know what I was expecting…whatever it may have been I am now filled with an irrevocable sweetness and unrelenting strength. Ryke and Daisy have been through so much together and their love for one another never strays. I love how they show undying faith for one another and grow to be better versions of themselves. For so long they have denied themselves happiness and to see that they finally embrace that happiness…well, it was anything short of magic.

Favorite Music

My favorite tune this month is courtesy of Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias’s new hit El Perdon.

Favorite Show

Orange is the new Black

On June 12, Orange is the new Black streamed season 3 on Netlix. Guess who binged watched? I actually watched the entire season in two days while I was vacationing in California. It was pretty darn AH-MAZING and left me with a load of unanswered questions. But hey, that is OITNB for ya.

What I really liked about this season was the character development of Pennsatucky. Her story resonates deeply with many women (and possibly men) on the standards of sex. If you’re up to date with the show, you’ll know how Pennsatucky was depicted as a highly religious woman who is violent when things don’t go her way. Later, she separates herself from that stigma by actions that occur within the prison. This allows her to also make friends with the unlikeliest of people.

There is also the matter between Alex, Piper, and Stella. There’s a whole lot of drama there. Oh! And Piper’s character turns…well, not so good.

I don’t want to reveal too much as there are spoilers. If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch this, I highly recommend it.

P.S. These are just some of favorite highlights from this season.

Favorite Movie

Jurassic World

Okay, so I have only seen one Jurassic Park movie and that was the first one. *runs away* But I was really excited for the commencement of this franchise. The trailer looked fantastic and the main protagonist was played by Chris Pratt.

Going into the theater, I didn’t have any expectations. I went and saw it while I stayed in California with my aunt, uncle, and little cousin. I was completely blown away by the adventure, suspense, and amazing CGI effects.

The premise of Jurassic World is quite different than that of Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is a success, the dinosaurs are tamed, the people are safe. Well, that is, until the CEO’s want a bigger and scarier dinosaur. From this point on, it pretty much went downhill for everyone (except, for the guy who saved his margaritas!).

I liked the story. I liked the acting. I liked the characters. It was a great movie to watch and enjoy and to see this world brought back to life.

Since I saw this movie, I binged watched the rest of the series and loved it! I wonder if they’ll make another Jurassic World – let’s just hope they have learned their lessons on bigger and scarier attractions!

Favorite Accessory

While in California, I purchased a LifeProof case for my iPhone 5s and I am completely in love with it! I am accident prone and am always dropping things. As a matter of fact, the first day I got my iPhone, it fell in the toilet :O Yes, I am surprised it has lasted this long with no major defects *knocks on wood* I like how the case protects my phone from glass breakage and water damage. It’s also compact. It doesn’t make my phone any more bulkier than necessary.

Unfortunately, I bought it at the retail price of $98 at AT&T. Well, it was kind of a half off because of the deal we were making with our contract. On Amazon it is currently $44.60. Not bad at all if you want an awesome phone case!

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What were some of your June favorites? Let me know in the comments below! <3

Emma

The Creative Blogger Award

I was nominated by Shannon, a fellow book lover for the Creative Blogger Award. A million thank yous, Shannon! Go forth and check out her blog because it’s amazing!

The Rules:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them

Okay, so below are five facts about me!

1. I am absolutely obsessed with Netflix right now. It seems that as soon as school let out for summer I have been binge watching all the shows I missed during the year. Currently I am watching the 4th season of Scandal which is bloody amazing! Gah. I love Olivia Pope and her awesome gladiators!

2. I love animal gifs. They are my absolute favorite! I always laugh whenever I see a cute animal doing something odd and human-like.

3. Whenever I go to the bookstore I am conflicted. I have this overwhelming feeling to take dozens of books home but am poor. Then, there is the feeling of guilt. I have four shelves filled with unread books and I just look at it and tell myself, “I cannot buy anymore pretties.” So, this year I have been good about being on a book buying band. I still buy a book or two here and there, but it is not at the point where I used to be compulsive about it.

4. I love to write. I’m currently working on what my friend Anna calls a “Rom Com.” I’m actually going to try to write the entire novel for July NaNoWriMo.

5. My management skills aren’t all that great. I actually beat myself about it all the time. I guess, I would just rather spend all day in bed curled up with a good book.

My Nominations:

1. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

2. Ner @ A Cup of Coffee & a Book

3. Ramisa @ Ramisa the Authoress

4. Drew @ Raging Biblioholism

5. Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

…and I TAG anyone else who wants to do this! :)

Emma

 

LGBTQ Books I Want To Read

With the overturn of Proposition 8 has come a multitude of beautifully captured newlywed moments. I woke up this morning to the news that filled me with pure happiness! I loved seeing the overwhelming positive response from my friends and strangers on various social media outlets.

I’ve been meaning to read more LGBTQ books because I am vastly interested in the awareness of the LGBTQ community. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!

1. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

2. Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathin

New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other

3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.Written by Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

 

4. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn’t know the passengers inside, but they’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions–like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can’t share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don’t even know she’s there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives–and her own–for the better.

In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society’s definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything–and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.

5. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else . . . now in paperback.

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

6. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

7. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

8. Simon Vs the Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli

9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

10. None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

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Emma

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