Post-YALC thoughts and tips!

So, this year I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Young Adult Literature Convention, part of London Film & Comic Con. I was really really nervous and excited as I had never attended a convention before, but I was really looking forward to seeing some of my favorite authors!

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I knew that there were going to be a few exhibitors that I was really looking forward to, and LFCC published a schedule of talks, workshops, activities, and booksignings about two weeks before the events. This made it very easy to plan my day, however, I had a few hiccups (which I will explain later).

First off, I thought the venue was excellent. YALC had its own devoted entrance and floor with stairs and lifts taking you straight to the floor. It was spacious and roomy, and even had a small reading area and cafe! There was also plenty of open floor space, which lots of people took advantage of to sit and eat their packed lunches. The floor had its own toilets as well, though I understand that some people had some trouble accessing the disabled toilets, which were sectioned off as part of a VIP area =( Continue reading

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Sorry for the hiatus…

I have to apologize for the extremely long and unexpected hiatus. I was hired in a job last year that is in the tourist industry, and as summer is the busiest season, and has us work the longest hours, it was difficult to find time to devote to the blog. I think I have finally balanced life out, though, and am stable (and disciplined) enough to find time to make some posts! I plan on writing posts for all the books that I have missed out on reviewing, so prepare to be overloaded with content soon!

I also attended YALC and intend on writing a post-YALC post, so keep your eyes peeled!

Now, on to new content!

Discovering New Favorites

So, I’m gearing up to post about four reviews in a row! However, I thought I would have some fun book discussion first.

How do you choose what books to read or bring into your collection?

Do you go into a bookstore or library and pick up anything that looks interesting?

Do you comb GoodReads for recommendations that are similar to books you love?

Are you a best-seller reader?

Or, do you comb Kindle sales like me and pick up whatever looks interesting and is cheap or free?

How do you choose your books?

Like I said, I have been combing Kindle sales and freebies. I left my job a year and a half ago to move to the UK to study, and I could only bring a few books with me! I brought my Kindle instead. Also, since I was living off of savings, I wanted to be sure to stretch those savings, so any books I downloaded would usually be free. I’ve found some really good books this way! And, reading on my Kindle was best for me. My husband and I didn’t have the room to store physical books since we were both studying and any books we needed for our courses were priority. Reading on my Kindle really offset going to the library every day and combing manuscripts and old books for eight hours. It was easier to lose myself in electronic print when so my mind was so tied to academia in physical print.

I also try to comb GoodReads to find old favorites and books that are similar to ones I’ve read. I love some really specific types of stories and crave them desperately, so GoodReads has been an absolute goldmine and lifesaver for when I need my fix!

What about you? How do you choose your books? Are you set in your ways, or is it a mixture of ways?

All About Jane!

One of the reasons I’m looking forward to this year so much is all of the fantastic Charlotte Bronte related pieces that are going to be published! It’s the 200th anniversary of her birth, and several media outlets are celebrating. Many publishers are releasing books that are related to the Bronte Siblings or Charlotte Bronte herself, the BBC will be releasing a miniseries on the siblings, and there are going to be loads of little exhibitions throughout the UK.

I absolutely love love love the story of Jane Eyre. I read it when I was 14 and became absolutely obsessed with it. The themes in it are so brilliant, so striking, and so true, even today. Yes, it’s a little long and a little convoluted, but the story is so lovely and so amazing. It’s such a classic, and it has such good messages for young women.
So, today (since I don’t have a book to review for you just yet!) I’ve decided to do an overview of some of my favorite Jane Eyre-related book adaptations and highlight some of the books that are Bronte related that are going to be released in 2016. Continue reading

January Book Haul

I have to say, since I delved into reading for pleasure again, I have been piling up the books! I think I went a little overboard. I couldn’t resist, though, with all of the credit I got from Amazon through December, and all the good sales in January!

So, here’s what I picked up this month:

Hush, Hush, Crescendo, and Silence by Rebecca Fitzpatrick

The Sin-Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Me and Mr. J by Rachel McIntyre

Just One Day by Gayle Foreman

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff Continue reading

Throwback Thursday Read 28/1/2016

Another weekly feature I’m going to try to keep up with is Throwback Thursday. Now, you may be familiar with this on Facebook or Instagram: people often post pictures of themselves from years earlier.

As I’ve explored the bookstagram and blogging community, I’ve noticed that there is a huge emphasis on new releases and current series. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but what about discovering a new (old) favorite? So, the aim of this weekly post will be to explore some of my favorite YA novels that were published pre-2000.

The first one I will be featuring will actually be the one that kind of tuned me into YA novels: Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney.

bothsidesSynopsis from Amazon:

Imagine changing centuries–and making things worse, not better, on both sides of time.

Imagine being involved in two love triangles in two different centuries. What if, no matter which direction you travel in time, you must abandon someone you love?

Meet 15-year-old Annie Lockwood, a romantic living in the wrong century. When she travels back a hundred years and lands in 1895–a time when privileged young ladies wear magnificent gowns, attend elegant parties, and are courted by handsome gentlemen–Annie at last finds romance. But she is a trespasser in time. Will she choose to stay in the past? Will she be allowed to? Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday! 27/01/16

So a feature that I am going to try to participate in every week is “Waiting On Wednesday”, where I will spotlight an upcoming release that I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on!

Tyranny-2-420x634One collection that I am desperate to get my hands on is A Tyranny of Petticoats! This anthology will feature 15 stories of badass women from a collection of YA authors.

The description from Amazon is as follows:

Crisscross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

This is due to be released on 8 March 2016.

I can’t wait for this because I absolutely love anthologies – one of my favorite reads from high school was an anthology titled “Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World” edited by Kathleen Ragan. I think I checked that book out at least five times. I think a nice thing about anthologies is that if you don’t appreciate one story, there will always be a another one! In a collection of 15 stories, there will surely be a favorite.

One of the included authors, Marissa Meyer, has posted a blog about the book release including a gorgeous illustrated timeline and information about book signings here.

What is a release that you are waiting for? What can you absolutely not wait to feast your eyes on?

 

Would you Rather…? Book Tag!

I saw my lovely fellow Bookaholic Alliance blogger Demmi Writist post this on her blog which you should really check out, and I decided to give it a try for myself!

1. Read only series or standalones?

Ooooh, hm. As much as I love series (the Harry Potter series is my Bible), right now standalones are much better for me. I haven’t been able to really get stuck into a series and the last one I read (Throne of Glass) felt like it was dragging on.

2. Read only female or male authors?

I think I would read only female authors. I have found that I prefer the female voice over the male voice, although some of my favorite books are by male authors. I continually find myself gravitating towards female authors, though.

3. Shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

I miss Barnes and Noble! I wish we had them here in the UK! I used to really love Barnes and Noble, but right now I am going to go with Amazon. My favorite section at Barnes and Noble used to be the Bargain book section, and I would pick up loooooads of books and notebooks and journals and kits, and Waterstones doesn’t really have a bargain book section! It makes me so sad. So, I have to say Amazon. Continue reading

Introducing…

Hello! Welcome to Between Pages. I’ll be your host through what I hope will be a delightful adventure.

My blog is titled “Between Pages” as I often am! I love reading, and I often find myself wishing I had someone to speak to about the things I have read. When I’m not reading, I love cooking (and I am toying with the idea of blogging about making some of my great-grandmother’s recipes) and I love exploring. Having recently moved from a rural area into a somewhat urban area has given me so much to see!

I recently emigrated from the great state of California to the U.K. where I attended university, received my MA (studying 16th and 17th ghost stories all the while) and married a brilliantly patient Englishman who discovered he likes adventuring with me and listening to me ramble on about this or that.

I hope to be reviewing a little bit of everything, but the genres I tend to gravitate to are YA fiction and historical fiction. They’re just easier for me to sink into, especially when I’m sitting on a bus or train and need to keep my ear out for my stop.

I’ll have my first post up soon, and I hope that you’ll continue to join me on this adventure!