Review: Fangirl

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Book Review13047090Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Series: none

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date: September 10th, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Book Crafts: Bookmarks!

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So a few weeks ago, I posted a random Top Ten Tuesday about objects we use as bookmarks. If you missed the post, check it out here. A lot of you agreed with me that in times of dire distress, we often use whatever is lying around in lieu of an actual bookmark. However, I happen to be a rather crafty person when the need arises, and after visiting a book convention in Charleston last November and gaining many book related bookmarks (I wasn’t even very aware they made things like that!), I decided to search for some way to make bookmarks.

So here are some of my favorite bookmark methods/templates!

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Reading 101: How to Survive a Trip to the Bookstore

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I am entirely unembarrassed to admit that I have a book buying obsession, and it’s gotten a bit out of hand recently.  Book buying bans are essentially out of the question, so how do I go about restricting the number of books I’m purchasing during my countless trips to the bookstore?  Stretching every last dollar so that I’m getting the greatest possible number of books for the smallest sum of money?  Prioritizing which books I want to purchase immediately versus which can wait a few months?  I’ve amassed a few tips and tricks that have worked well for me in the past with the hopes of helping a few fellow bookworms.

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Review: Movers & Fakers

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Book Review13047090Title: Movers & Fakers

Author: Lisi Harrison

Series: Alphas Series

Publisher: Poppy

Publish Date: April 6th, 2010

Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction

ALPHA ACADEMY: WHERE EXCEPTIONAL IS SERIOUS-LEH ORDINARY.
Eccentric billionaire Shira Brazille founded the super-exclusive Alpha Academy to nurture the next generation of exceptional dancers, writers, musicians, and inventors. It’s a dream come true for one hundred lucky girls, but those not measuring up will be sent home at any time, for any reason. The one left standing will win worldwide fame. Who will it be?

SKYE HAMILTON
Arrived at Alpha Academy ready to dance circles around the competition, but she’s having a hard time feeling the beat. Her newest HAD (Hope and Dream): less stress, more fun. Now Skye’s torn between what kind of Alpha she wants to be, and which uber-hawt Brazille boy she wants to be with.

CHARLIE DEERY
Can invent practically anything — except girlfriends. But now Allie A. is warming to her, and Charlie wants to keep it that way — even if it means helping Allie A. land Darwin. But will hooking up her ex-crush end up crushing her?

ALLIE A. ABBOTT
Is serious-leh relieved she hasn’t been sent home yet, especially now that everyone knows she’s more faux than a St. Tropez spray tan. Can she prove she’s a true Alpha after all? Or will she go from beautiful to beta-ful?

If at first you don’t succeed, you’re not an alpha.

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Discussion: Annual Reading Goals – the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

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Discussion

Whether you’re a member of Goodreads, or other book-related websites and organizations, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been asked or have come across various features that allow you to set reading goals each year.  These goals can vary significantly,  ranging from the highly specific “I want to read __ books in 2016” to something as general as “I want to read more historical fiction.”

But these goals, do they do more harm than good?  Instead of prompting us to read with increasing frequency, do they actually discourage us from the pastime?

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