Going to the LA Times Festival of Books!

Today I’ll be attending the LA Times Festival of Books! Laini Taylor @lainitaylor is in one of the panels along with Marie Lu, Victoria Aveyard, and Kiersten White. Pretty much a once in a lifetime opportunity so I could not pass it up. 

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If you’ve watched my story, you pretty much heard how much I was fangirling over meeting Laini Taylor. I stayed up until 3am writing her a letter because I know I’ll be an incoherent mess when I meet here. I plan to spam my Story of today’s events so if you’re into watching awkward fangirling, please enjoy! And apologies in advance for pretty much not keeping it cool–though I never claimed to be! 😆

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Featured are my writing inspiration canvases. I plan to load it up with more signatures today! 

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Book Challenge: Established Author

I can’t believe it’s already Friday! I hope you’ve had a great start to the weekend. It’s been really warm here in Southern California which is great, but I hope I don’t burn at the LA Times Book Fest on Sunday! I’m so excited to go! .
For #thehamiltonedition “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?”–Established Authors: It’s been a week since I posted about Rick Riordan and I think we can all agree he’s an established author! If any of his books are on your TBR, move them up! You won’t regret it! 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Comedy and Drama: We just started The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle and we love it!! The god Apollo has been sent to Earth as a human and in order to reclaim his place as a god of a Olympus, he must prove he is worthy. But OMG the lols. A Greek god turned 16 year old boy? Pure awesome. Rick Riordan captures the personality of a fallen Apollo so well. Apollo has lived most of his life as a god and being human has forced him to really consider his situation. The possibility that he might stay human is real which gives drama to his situation but it’s off set by his oblivious self-absorption too. I can’t wait for book 2 which comes out May 2! 

Book Challenge: Day and Night

Yay! I’m caught up now on challenges. We went to visit one of the California Missions today–the San Gabriel Mission and we had so much fun! But OMG I nearly died because allergies! 😩 We’re having such beautiful weather here but it’s so hard to enjoy it when you feel like hiding in a bubble to avoid feeling like 😪. Anyway, who’s ready for Friday?🙋🏽.
For #thehamiltonedition “What’d I miss?”–Haven’t read yet: Can you guess the book just by its map? I’ll give you a minute. 💁🏽 Okay. It’s And I Darken by Kiersten White @authorkierstenwhite! I actually started this earlier this week and it’s so good! I’m also listening to the audio and its narrated by one of my favorite narrators Fiona Harding. Love her!
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For #squeakybookishlibrary Day and Night: Radu is Lada’s brother and they are total night and day! Radu is gentle, bookish, and kind. Lada is aggressive, violent, and fierce. The dynamics between this brother and sister relationship is heartbreaking. I’m still reading, but I have a feeling as these two reach adolescence, their situation will get very tense for them and will threaten their relationship. 

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I’m hoping to finish this before I see Kiersten White at the LA Times Book Festival this weekend. Anyone else going? Who’s read And I Darken? What did you think? No spoilers please!

Book Challenge: Reluctant Heroes

I’m a day late with this post, so I’ll be playing catch up today. This week is going by so fast! I guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun while on vacation! .
For #grimdragon Big Damn Heroes: Reluctantly Heroic Characters: Eugenides, or Gen is a thief and does everything he can to save himself, but he also is smart and full of surprises. I’m reading the second book The Queen of Attolia and he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite characters of all time. 
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For #thehamiltonedition “The world turned upside down.”–Plot Twist: At the end of The Thief! If you’ve read this, YOU KNOW what I’m talking about! I did not see that coming!
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For #watermelanerdsapril Princes: Hmm. There hasn’t been any princes yet–kings and queens, but maybe later?

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Kind and Cruel: The Queen of Attolia is cruel! But as you get further in the series you begin to learn her reasons. The Queen of Eddies has so far been kind, but she’s also clever, so who knows?

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Anyone else read this series? What did you think? The fifth book comes out next month!

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Book Challenge: Diverse Reads

You know what’s awesome? YOU. 😁 I hope you’re all having a great week so far! We’re on Spring Break, but today was spent getting the house back to rights and grocery shopping. Now that the adulting is done, we can spend the rest of the week funning! Yay!.
For #thehamiltonedition “Immigrants, we get the job done!”–Diverse reads! I don’t know what I did with my life before I found Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, but I’m so glad I found it! I love the dialogue and characters. Sierra is an artist who lives in Brooklyn and is sassy and smart. I also love how the author shows how Sierra sometimes struggles with her American upbringing and Puerto Rican heritage–how to be both without ignoring the other. 
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For #watermelanerdsapril Magic: This book is also an urban paranormal fantasy. It incorporates a type of spiritual magic–the ability to call on the spirits of the dead and have them exist in a form like a painting and sculpture. The people who can call on spirits this way are called Shadowshapers. Sierra discovers that her grandfather is involved and that she has to help him carry out what he started. 

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I’m still reading this but I’m enjoying it. If you’ve read it, what did you think? No spoilers please! What are some other diverse reads that you’ve enjoyed?

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Book Challenge: Historical Fiction

Happy Monday! Mondays are rough, but Mondays after a holiday? Thank goodness we’re on Spring Break! I hope your Monday is going well. 😊.
For #thehamiltonedition “History has its eyes on you.”– Historical Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See was on my TBR and then my writing mentor suggested I read it. In addition to the amazing writing, my mentor thought it would also be a good reference for me for my own novel. I’m so glad I finally read it! As a reader, the storytelling is so rich with detail and the characters are also painstakingly honest in their portrayal, it’s a compelling story of hope and loss. I highly recommend it!
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For #squeakybookishlibrary Yesterday and tomorrow: One of the reasons, as a writer, that I enjoyed All the Light so much was the way the author wove all the threads of the past and present together. It’s a bit jarring at first, but then you start to become invested in the story and you want to know more. 
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For #watermelanerdsapril Villains: I don’t want to give away too much, but the backdrop of this story is World War II. The author does such a fantastic job of capturing the attitude of the era–how it was possible for one man to influence a whole race to do his bidding. The survival and desperation are palpable during a time when being different is cause for suspicion. 

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I can’t recommend this book enough! Definitely a favorite of this year! What historical fiction have you guys read and enjoyed? The Song of Achilles and The Bronze Horsemen have been on my feed a lot lately. 

Happy Easter!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter celebration! If you don’t celebrate, I hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday too. .
For #grimdragon Happy Easter! Here are some of our favorite Easter reads. If your kids are fans of Max and Ruby, Max’s Chocolate Chicken is perfect! 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Adult and Child: In addition to the traditional Easter candy in the baskets, the Easter bunny also leaves books in their baskets. (So does Santa!) pictured here are some that have been left behind from previous years. This is a tradition we’ve started in our family and we love how when the excitement of the holiday is over, we can sit with our kids and read the books the Easter bunny brought! 

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What holiday traditions do you all observe?