Yallwest 2016 Recap

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I’ve been excited for Yallwest 2016 ever since last year. When I first saw the lineup for this year, I felt prepared. This year I was going to take a cart. Ha ha. Last year, I took my backpack, but by the end of the day I was tired of carrying all my books. As for this year, I wasn’t tired, but I was tired of standing all day.

I went with my boyfriend to Yallwest on Saturday, and the first thing we did was get in line for the ticketed event for Rainbow Rowell’s keynote. Unfortunately, the line was extremely long and we needed to verify our information. The event was supposed to start at 10:00 am, but we entered the building around 10:30ish. Minor complaint: It was a bit disorganized.

As for the rest of the day, I was mostly in line to get my books signed. I’m not kidding. I only attended one panel and that was the keynote. Because I wanted to get my books signed, I missed out on some bookish goods. Ha ha. This year’s event was bigger than I expected. Hopefully for next year, maybe Yallwest could be located in a bigger location.

Now going back to the lines, I was mostly standing in line to get my books and my boyfriend would get in line for the next lineup of authors. The only author that didn’t sign my books was Rainbow Rowell, that line was huge!! I was very grateful that my boyfriend came with me since he did get me a couple of ARCs. For next year, I’ll try to attend both days. I ended up with food poisoning on Sunday…so I couldn’t attend. Despite everything, I had a lot of fun! I didn’t take a lot of pictures since most of the book signings were sped up.

Tips for next year:

  • bring water: I have a 64 ounce water bottle, and yes I drank it all
  • a cart or wagon: Unless you have a few books this does not apply
  • sunglasses
  • post its and sharpies
  • packed lunch: the food trucks are quite expensive
  • a group of friends: the more the merrier
  • Have fun!!! I know I did 🙂

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I was so happy that I took a picture with Leigh Bardugo! (The only author I took a picture with ha ha) I lost my dust jacket for Six of Crows and I look tired. (ง ´͈౪`͈)ว

Signed Books

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The Arcs

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i'm not your manic pixie dream girl.jpg Goodreads Synopsis:Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically-guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use The Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win her boyfriend back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity, and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

kids of appetite.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

rock fall, everyone dies.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.

With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.

winning.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: House of Cards meets Election in this wickedly entertaining story about an uber-ambitious high school junior.

Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

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April Mini Book Haul

Hey, and good evening, or should I say, good night. Anyways, I bought a couple books today. I’m beyond excited to read these books! (See generic picture below 🙂 )

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The Books

falling kingdoms Goodreads Synopsis: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

the winner's kissGoodreads Synopsis: War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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Goodreads Synopsis: She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Black Friday Book Haul!! ⁽⁽ପ( •ु﹃ •ु)​.⑅*♡

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I was waiting for my Book Outlet package to come in the mail and it finally came! Yay! On Black Friday, Book Outlet was having a massive sell on a lot of books and I just had to take advantage of the deals! I also bought one book at Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble: At Barnes & Noble, I ended up buying Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I kept hearing such great reviews that I ended up buying the first book.

Book Outlet: I saw the other books from the Mistborn Series that were on sale on the Book Outlet website, and so now I have a trilogy waiting to be read! I also bought Landline by Rainbow Rowell since I really love her writing style and quirky characters. Lastly, I bought Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. I loved the synopsis of the book, and I can’t wait to read it!

Lastly, I created a bookstagram account! My username is @thereadingbelle! ʸ(➜◡ु⚈᷉)♡⃛

 

 

November Uppercase Box

I really wanted to try a subscription box out and I know that there are many out there. I did some research on the boxes before I ended up purchasing one. Uppercase is a monthly book subscription, you can renew every month or purchase any other plans depending on what you want. I ended up getting the Expert Box which seems to be the most popular one. Anyways, I made a video of my unboxing!!!

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Look at all the neat things I got! I can’t wait for December’s box!!

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