Sunday, December 4, 2016

Reading Challenge Update: November

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Oh boy! Where does the time go? It's hard to believe that December and the holiday season is already here. It really seems like it was just yesterday that The Hardcover Lover got a makeover and new features were unveiled.

One of those features was The Hardcover Lover's Reading Challenge Update. So just what is this post about? I'll tell you...

At the end of 2015, I decided that I was reading too many similar books and too many books that were inside of my comfort zone. To change this, I decided to try reading some different books, and the best way to do that was to join a few different reading challenges, especially challenges that focused on genres that I don't typically read. To keep track of the reading challenges, I came up with a way to keep track of the books I was reading for the challenges, and it is the very generically named Reading Challenge Update.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Book Review: Level Up

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Title: Level Up
Author: Gene Luen Yang
Artwork: Thien Pham
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: July 19, 2016 (Originally Published in 2011)
Source: Library

From Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of American Born Chinese, comes amagical realist coming-of-age tale, by turns whimsical and deadly serious.

Nothing is what it seems when life collides with video games.
Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents’ expectations: Stay focused in high school, do well in college, go to medical school, and become a gastroenterologist.

But between his father’s death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis can’t endure. He’s kicked out of college. And that’s when things get . . . weird.

Four adorable—but bossy—angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis’s life. He’s back on track to become a gastroenterologist. But is he living the life he wants?

Partnered with the deceptively simple, cute art of Thien Pham, Gene Yang has returned to the subject he revolutionized with American Born Chinese. Whimsical and serious by turns, Level Up is a new look at the tale that Yang has made his own: coming of age as an Asian American.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: What Light

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Title: What Light
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: October 18, 2016

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Black Friday Book Tag

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Black Friday. Most people familiar with this day know that it’s full of sales, but it’s also full of long lines, huge crowds, and a lot of chaos. You either love it or hate it, but most Americans would agree that the infamous day after Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. 

So what do bookworms do on Black Friday? My friend Erica from Novel Ink and I thought about it, and we decided to take on the crazy day with a brand new book tag for you! Take a peek into the life of bookworms and what Black Friday means to them and get a little bit more excited for the upcoming holidays!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cover Reveal: All the Stars Left Behind

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Hey, everyone!

Most of you know that I don't do cover reveals too often anymore, but I've got one for you today! 

When I saw the description of this book, it seemed like one that I would want to read, so naturally, I thought it would be fun to partake in the cover reveal. So what's the book? It's called All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham. It's about an intergalactic war, so of course, I'm game!

If you're curious, and you should be, go ahead and see what's under the jump!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I Hope You Forgive Me

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Hey, everyone! I've got a really special post lined up for you today, especially for those of you who wish you could turn back the hands of time and go back to your teenage years.

Today, YA author Liza M. Weimer is launching a new initiative called I Hope You Forgive Me. This revolutionary new website calls on teens and adults to anonymously share moments from their teenage years when they could have asked for forgiveness but didn't...

During your teen years…

Who hasn’t done something stupid? Thoughtless? Rude? Cruel? Mean?

Who hasn’t made mistakes? Done things they regret?

Who hasn’t been afraid to ask forgiveness, but instead chose silence?

Who hasn’t wished they had said, “I’m sorry,” but now it’s too late?

It’s not.

I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME is the opportunity to share your burden. To admit what you’ve done. Anonymously. So that teens can learn from your experience.

Let’s make a difference. Together.