My First Experience at BookCon!

 

Guess who went to BookCon for the first time! I may have only gone for one day, but I had an amazing time! I went with a friend from college, Ellen, who is a fellow writer/booknerd. We had a fabulous time and although I didn’t get to vlog as much as I wanted to, I still want to give you guys some insight into the experience.

When Ellen and I first got there we arrived late so we missed the first book signing we wanted to attend. As BookCon newbie’s we also didn’t know that you needed autograph tickets to go to any of the signings that weren’t at a booth and by the time we realized this all the tickets were sold out. We were a little bummed but we were determined to get an autograph from at least one BIG author. And that author was Reneé Ahdieh. She had a booth signing so we bought her book about two hours before the signing and got in line about 45 minutes before-hand. And guess what? We were some of the first ones to meet her!

 Reneé Ahdieh BookCon Book Expo of America

Also, you may think standing in line for 45 minutes is boring but you meet really awesome people to fan-girl over with about books. Also, while standing there we also fan-girled over Mayim Bialik from Big Bang Theory signing her book, Girling Up.

Mayim Bialik Girling Up BookCon Book Expo of America

We went to a few panels, bought some books, got an ARC and, oh! Did I forget to mention I met Kristen Martin? It was great to finally meet a fellow author YouTuber! I’m a huge fan of Kristen’s and if you haven’t checked out her channel already, be sure to now! And since I met her I also bought her series so I could have them all signed!

new york times best selling author

All in all it was a great day! I didn’t come home with bags and bags of books, but honestly, I didn’t want to. (Do you have any idea how heavy books are?) Next year Ellen and I are crossing our fingers to go both days, and who knows, maybe I’ll see you there!

Bookcon Book Expo of America

BookCon goodies:

The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (signed)

The Alpha Drive, The Order of Omega, and Restitution by Kristen Martin (signed)

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton

Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward

BookCon Book Expo of America

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How to Create a Rainbow Bookshelf!

So a little a while ago I had arranged my books into a rainbow. And by a little awhile apparently, I mean 2015. How it already been almost two years since I arranged my books into a rainbow?? See my previous rainbow bookshelf.

Anywho, I love rainbow bookshelves. They are simply beautiful. The only downside is while everything looks pretty, it’s a total and complete mess when it comes to finding your book. Traditionally I enjoy arranging my books my author, series, and genre (preferably in that order). With that said I can be a tiny OCD when it comes to how my bookshelves look. All that aside I decided to take a deep breath and rearrange my shelves…again! Because honestly, I should probably be doing homework or something right now.
Watch me arrange my books into the prettiest of rainbows!

How to Create a Rainbow Bookshelf:

Strip your bookshelves– This makes for a great time to dust your shelves. How often does a bookworm get to see their shelves naked? Not often at all, so break out the feather duster!
Organize by color– As you pull your books off the shelves organize them in a pile by color. You know the deal: Red, orange, yellow, purple, blue….
Size up your color– this is where things start to get difficult. See what colors you have the most of and figure out how you’re going to fit them on the shelves and which color goes on which shelf. How you do this is up to you. I usually like to have the blue and purple shelves next to each other and the yellow and orange shelves next to each other.
Make a gradient– This step is annoying, but it will be worth it in the end. Work one color at a time (red/pink for example) and group all the similar tones together, then create a gradient. Your bookshelf will look beautiful!
Pile on the books! – Repeat the previous step with all your colors. Now, what about those pesky black books and white books? I usually put them at the bottom of the shelf. While I love all my books mostly equally (let’s face it, we all have favorites) when it comes to color organization, the black and white books don’t always make the cut.
Time for Trinkets– If you have any nick-knacks that you like you put on your shelves, you can organize those by color as well!
So now you should have a rainbow bookshelf! If you made a rainbow bookshelf be sure to send me the photo on Facebook or Twitter so I can see your masterpiece!

Book Unboxing || BookCase Club March 2017

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In this month’s box….
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Blythewood by Carol Goodman

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Ebooks are EVIL!

Ebooks. The essence of all that is evil.

Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration. In truth, ebooks are really great, but they’ll never be as good as a real paperback or hardback book. I love the feel of books in my hands and how they smell. And let’s not forget how you can have your very own library if you collect enough books. My goal in life is to have my own library. But of course ebooks are compact, light, and do give great convenience, but you won’t check me with them too often. $9.99 for a digital copy of a book? No thank you.

 

Must Read Love Stories!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we’re here to celebrate love, even if it’s fiction love! So cuddle up to your book boyfriend and take read!

Books Mentioned:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Every Day by David Levithan

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Kick Back and Relax During NaNoWriMo?

I cross my heart I am not going to abandon you all this NaNoWriMo season! I LOVE NaNoWriMo! I mean, it’s national novel writing month! What’s not to love about that? But since I have some intense rewrites to do, I won’t be able to post a crazy amounts of videos for you guys. On the bright side, I have TONS of videos I’ve made for all of you in the past years about NaNoWriMo, and just writing in general!

Here’s a link to my NaNoWriMo playlist: http://bit.ly/2eCyKqC

My Ya Ink playlist: http://bit.ly/2estgyu

Remember, YA Ink is a series of videos on everything you need to know about writing! Don’t see a video that answers a question you may have on writing? Let me know! I’ll make the video!

Miniature Books in my Mailbox!

Another HUGE thank you to Abigail R. Cramer! She made these adorable miniature books! Books Mentioned: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Threads of Blue by Abigail R. Cramer

BookCase Club UnBoxing!

Books books books! Who doesn’t love books? Especially surprise ones that come in the mail?

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Banned Books Week!

And so comes the time of year where we remember all the banned books. Censorship at its finest. What do you think of book banning? Good? Bad? And what about the books on that list? Understandable or ridiculous?

Here’s the link to the full article! http://time.com/4505713/banned-books-week-reasons-change/?xid=homepage

What’s in my Mailbox? Books of Course!

I love books and I’m easily persuaded by chocolate. With that said, I enjoyed getting this box in the mail, but enough about me! Let’s learn about Abigail!

Buy the book! https://www.amazon.com/Threads-Blue-Abigail-R-Cramer/dp/0997990201
Find her on Tumblr: http://abigailrcramer.tumblr.com/
And on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15750160.Abigail_R_Cramer