Sunday Stumper #16: Minor Characters

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Discussion: Bookish Pet Peeves

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Discussion

I think I’ve mentioned my bookish OCD on more than one occasion – it plays a fairly prevalent role in my reading habits and, of course, my pet peeves.  From my meticulously organized bookshelf which I spend hours rearranging to my books themselves, I’m extremely picky, which is exactly where my bookish pet peeves come into play.

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Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

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: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss

Publisher: Speak

Publish Date: July 9th, 2013

Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

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Sunday Stumper #15: Shakespearean Characters

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Weekly Recap (2)

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Weekly Recap

This week has marked the start of 90º weather in our area, so it definitely seems like summer is in full swing!  We spent the week trying to cool off and catch up on some of the books on our TBR piles.  We’ve also been doing a bit of maintenance here on the blog – you may notices some changes to our sidebar and our pages.  We’re also currently working on a new set of header banners, so those should be popping up at the top of our posts sometime in the next week or two – let us know what you think!

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Review: The Choice

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Title
: The Choice

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Series: none

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publish Date: September 24th, 2007

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life — boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him…and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Despite himself, Travis can’t stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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Blogging 101: Utilizing Social Media

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Social media is an integral component of modern society – it’s practically a miracle to have a face-to-face conversation with someone without either of you glancing at a smartphone, snapping a selfie, checking Facebook, responding to text messages, etc.  In our technologically savvy world, your online presence can make or break your blog, regardless of whether you’ve just started out or you’re a weathered veteran who’s been posting for years.

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Review: There Will Come a Time 

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Author: Carrie Arcos

Series: none

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publish Date: April 15, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

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Discussion: My (somewhat flawed) Formula for Selecting Books

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DiscussionsI like to think that I’ve figured out how to add books to my TBR pile that I’ll enjoy – that I’ve turned it into an exact science…at least until I’m up at 3am writing a 1-star review that’s turned into more of a one-sided rant.  I thought I’d share my (not always perfect) formula for selecting books and hopefully learn a bit about how other people choose books – who knows, maybe I’ve been doing something wrong!

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Sunday Stumper #14: Books to Movies

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Weekly Recap (1)

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Weekly Recap

June has marked the official start of our summer vacation, bringing with it the promise of more free time to read!  Unfortunately, we all have a bit of summer reading to complete and have to submit assignments online throughout the summer – Song of Solomon is one of our required summer reads, so you’ll see it popping up quite frequently on the blog.  Nevertheless, we’re ready to hit the beach with some suntan lotion and a good book!

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Review: The Longest Ride

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: The Longest Ride

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Series: none

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publish Date: September 17th, 2013

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

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Waiting on Wednesday: P.S. I Still Love You

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: P.S. I Still Love You

Author: Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I Loved Before

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books

Publish Date: May 26th, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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Discussion: Summer

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I was in Barnes and Nobles recently, celebrating yet another year of surviving school. But as I was wondering the many rows of books, I couldn’t help noticing something. The amount of books that featured either summer, summer flings, or silhouettes of depressed looking girls (potentially crying) was very, very overwhelming…and this concerns me, probably more than it should. Continue reading

Blogger Database

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Ever since we started Brewing Up Books, we’ve had an ongoing spreadsheet of fellow book bloggers (or, as we’ve been informally referring to it, “The Database”).  We’ve found the database to be extremely helpful, particularly when life became a bit hectic.  Each week, we went down the spreadsheet, using it primarily to…

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