Friday, June 30, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

Graphic Novel Review of Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

I'm so happy that I was able to read this second volume so close to the first. If you can, I highly recommend getting your hands on both and binge reading them!

Missed my review of the first volume? No worries!

Click here to read my review for Volume 1: Parts Unknown

Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again book cover

Thursday, June 29, 2017

H & E Bookish Chat: Eliza And Her Monsters

H & E Bookish Chat: Eliza And Her Monsters

Heather (of Heather's Reading Hideaway) and I recently buddy-read Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. After messaging one another to say that we had each completed the book, this happened:

H: I’m not even sure how to review this book. I immediately revert into caveman Heather, "IT GOOD. READ. NOW.”

E: Ah, right??!?! That’s how I started my review!!! I was like: I don't even know where to start... I just kept typing “I LOVE THIS BOOK!”

Needless to say, we agreed that this would be the perfect book to roll out an idea we have had for a while now; H & E Bookish Chats!

But first, if you missed either of our reviews, feel free to check them out by clicking below:

Erica’s Review

Heather’s Review

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS CHAT. 
Please do not continue on if you have not yet read this book.

This is part one of our discussion. At the end of this post I will link you to part two :)

Now, let’s jump into the discussion!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

[Feature] AllWithBooks: Children's Books inspired by a Mayan Community

Reading is the foundation of education. Nevertheless, there are more than 100 million children around the world who don’t have access to books or who can’t read.
Here is the good news - AllWithBooks is a new social enterprise that creates children’s books with the help of people living in communities in need to build them libraries with every book set purchase.

AWB Reading children

3 July Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

3 July Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

I'm going to be taking a stay-cation in July, so I cannot wait to do a ton of reading during that time!

Here are the books I am most looking forward to in the month of July.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown

Graphic Novel Review of Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown

This was a fun and very quick read! For fans of Edward Scissorhands that have wondered if that little girl that was lying in bed, listening to her grandmother's tale, ever went up to the castle on her own... Well, now you have your answer!

Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown book cover

[Book Review] Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Book Review of Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Phew! This book took me a long time to finally complete because I would pick it up and read a chapter here and there very sporadically. I picked it up again one day recently and started over, finally completing the entire read in just a few sittings.

Whether you are just getting started with Inbound Marketing, or consider yourself more seasoned, this book is a must-read!

Book cover of Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Monday, June 26, 2017

[Book Review] Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Book review of Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

It has been a very, very long time since a book has had this much of an impact on me. Most of it was such a light and fun read! But there was also a very serious and raw emotional edge that made me totally fall in love with this book. 

Seriously, this is quite the read! I laughed, I got nervous, I scowled, I held my breath, I cried, but most importantly, I cheered! 

I loved absolutely everything about this book, and I highly recommend picking it up and giving it a read. 

BUT!! 

If you have not read this book, I urge you NOT to continue on with this review OR read the goodreads synopsis OF the inside book flap. It all gives too much away! This is really a book that you need to go into totally blind so you can get the absolute most out of it!



Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia book cover

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Interview with R.A. Desilets (and a giveaway!)

Interview with R.A. Desilets and a giveaway The End Diary!

I am so thrilled to post this interview and giveaway today! Major thanks to R.A. Desilets for giving me the opportunity to host this!

Who is Rachel A. Desilets?
Rachel A. Desilets was born in southern New Hampshire. She graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. She lived in southern California for a bit and then decided it was too hot. She currently resides in the rainy side of Oregon with her husband and cats.

R.A. Desilets author image
Image courtesy of the author.

Let's jump into the interview!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

[FLYTIP] Creating A Color Palette For Your Blog


WELCOME to my second FLYTIP post!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, June 24th is:
FLYTIP: Open Topic || Discuss anything bloggish or bookish from a creative point of view.

Friday, June 23, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] June 23rd - 29th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews asks: 
If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Five Ghosts Vol. 2: Lost Coastlines by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Graphic Novel Review of Five Ghosts Vol. 2: Lost Coastlines by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Immediately after reading Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, I had to dive right into Volume Two!

Graphic Novel Review by Five Ghosts Vol. 2: Lost Coastlines by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere review

This graphic novel was recently suggested to me, and I am SO glad that I was able to get my hands on it so quickly! What a read!

Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere cover

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project

Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project

When I saw Mikaela of The Well-Thumbed Reader first post about this Big Blogger, Little Blogger project, I signed up immediately!

What is the Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project?

The idea behind this project was to pair up two bloggers; one Little Blogger that has fewer than 100 followers, and one Big Blogger that has more than 100 followers. The Big Blogger was then to support the Little Blogger in various ways throughout the course of a month. At the end of the month, the Bigger Blogger will dedicated a whole blog post to their Little Blogger.

Once every Big Blogger participating has posted their blog posts, Mikaela will compile them all in a master post. So stay tuned to her blog for more details about that!

[Book Review] Realm of Night by L.D. Goffigan

Book Review of Realm of Night by L.D. Goffigan

After absolutely loving The Beast of London, but feeling lukewarm about Fortress of Blood, I was a little nervous going into this one. But of course I was absolutely thrilled to have received an ARC (thanks again to L.D. Goffigan!). So after cruising through the short story collection, I immediately jumped into this one.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

If you haven't read my other reviews for the Mina Murray series, click the links below:
The Beast of London (Mina Murray Book 1)
Fortress of Blood (Mina Murray Book 2)
Shadows of Night (A collection of short stories)

Monday, June 19, 2017

[Book Review] A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

Book Review of A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman is an incredible novella full of both charm and horror.

If you're looking for an incredibly creepy read, I would highly recommend this! I was hooked immediately and absolutely could not stop reading.

Shout-out to my local library for ordering a copy of this book for me!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

[Book Review] Shadows of Night by L.D. Goffigan

Book Review of Shadows of Night by L.D. Goffigan

Now that I've cruised through The Beast of London and Fortress of Blood, I could finally check out the short story collection that L.D. Goffigan sent through her newsletter.

Interested in signing up to the newsletter? Click here!

Note: If you have not read The Beast of London and Fortress of Blood, do not continue on with this review. There will be spoilers!

Shadows of Night by L.D. Goffigan

Saturday, June 17, 2017

How To Determine Whether A Book Is "Worth Reading"


I see this question floating around on various book groups and forums at least three times a day. I have to admit, it's been driving me a bit bonkers. So I thought, why not write a quick blog post about it?

So, you've been wondering whether or not a book is worth reading...


The first step is to ask yourself: Am I personally interested in reading this book?

Friday, June 16, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] June 16th - 22nd


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews asks: 
How do you organize your blog in terms of what is in your side bar? Do you have categories and defined sections in your side bar?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

[Book Review] Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

Book Review of Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

A few weeks ago, I read The Beast of London, which was sent to me from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thought it was such a fun and action packed read! Click here to check out my review for The Beast of London.

Immediately after finishing the book, I found myself navigating to Amazon to see what the price of the next book was. $2.99 on Kindle?! Needless to say, I snagged it right away!

Read on to see what I thought about Book Two of the Mina Murray series, Fortress of Blood!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins by Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon

Graphic Novel Review of The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins by Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon

This was a fun read! I hadn't read any comics about Wonder Woman before, so this was a great introduction!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Graphic Novel Review by Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

I can't remember the last time I picked up a children's book and read it on my own. Gosh, it has to have been since the last time I babysat... which was 10+ years ago!

I'm so happy that I picked this book up from my local library! Nightlights is an absolute treat to read.

Graphic Novel Review of Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Monday, June 12, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Tooth and Claw by Joshua Viola, Angie Hodapp & Carrie Vaughn

Tooth and Claw by Joshua Viola, Angie Hodapp & Carrie Vaughn
What a stunning graphic novel! If you haven't heard of this one yet, I highly recommend checking it out! Add it to your Goodreads TBR by clicking here.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

Book synopsis:
A huntress in a hostile land--armed only with bow, arrow, and the Mothers' guidance--learns she's not the jungle's most dangerous predator.

Attacked by a ferocious beast, she fights for her life... only to discover that true danger lies not in tooth and claw, but in failing to recognize herself in the heart of her enemy.

[FLYTIP] Quotable Quotes


WELCOME to my very first FLYTIP post! I'm a bit late to the game, but here we are!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, June 10th 2017, is:
FLYTIP: Quotable Quotes || Pick a favorite book quote. Either by hand-drawn or computer, turn it into art. Save it. Share it.

I have a few favorites that I would love to share!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

[Book Review] In a Blue Moon by R.A. Desilets

[Book Review] In a Blue Moon by R.A. Desilets

What a fun fairy tale retelling! I'm so thankful that I was given the opportunity to read this book.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.


In a Blue Moon by R.A. Desilets book review

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Happy National Rosé Day!


What is your favorite pink book cover?

[Comic Review] Love Is Love Anthology

Love Is Love Anthology comic review

Grab your tissues. This is an emotional read and such a powerful collection. I highly urge everyone to go grab a copy right away!

Sales of this comic benefit the survivors and victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting as well as their families.


Friday, June 9, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] June 9th - 15th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Kitty at the Vicarious Bookworm asks: 
If you could have lunch with any living authors and/or book bloggers, who would you choose and why?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

[Guest Post] 5 Books That Represent The Hufflepuff House

5 Books That Represent The Hufflepuff House

Yesterday's Top 5 Wednesday (hosted by Thoughts on Tomes) prompt was: Books For Your Hogwarts House -- Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

Unfortunately, I just didn't have the time to put a post together. But I couldn't just let this awesome prompt pass me by! So I asked my bookish friend, who is the biggest Harry Potter fan I know, to write up a guest post for me! To read her post about Gryffindor Books, click here!

So here we have it... another first on this blog: A guest post written by Heather of Heather's Reading Hideaway, where she lists five books to me that scream HUFFLEPUFF!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Graphic Novel Review of Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

I read these out of order; I started with book two, Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, and then picked up book one only a couple of days ago. I enjoyed the second book more, but this one was still a lovely read!

Graphic Novel Review of Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] 10 Horror Books On My TBR

[Top 10 Tuesday] 10 Horror Books On My TBR

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Horror has always been one of my favorite genres, but I have really been slacking lately. I'm just so hesitant to pick up a horror book because far too often, I end up getting let down...

However, I am determined to stop being so nervous! Here are 10 horror books that I have recently added to my TBR.

Enjoy!

Monday, June 5, 2017

[Cover Reveal] Ultimate Sacrifice by S. E. Green

[Cover Reveal] Ultimate Sacrifice by S. E. Green

Hey everyone! Guess what? We have another first on this blog- a cover reveal!

This reveal is for a horror book from Oftomes Publishing.

Check it out!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

[Book Review] Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

 Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton book review

When I first heard that this manuscript had been discovered and would be published, I couldn't believe it! Michael Crichton is my all time favorite author, and I'm not afraid to admit that when I heard the news, I started crying from excitement.

I pre-ordered the book just as soon as it was available and started reading the day it made it to my doorstep.

This book did not disappoint!

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton book photo

Armchair Book Expo - Wrap Up & Giveaway Winner!

Image created by Boquilla's Window of Big Bend Productions

Welcome to the last day of the Armchair Book Expo!

In this post I will be giving my thanks as well as announcing the winner of my giveaway from yesterday!