Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie McMenamin, Kelly McMenamin Published by Sterling on March 14th 2017 Genres: nonfiction Pages: 256 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever! Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality. Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace! Pixies Did It Website: http://www.pixiesdidit.com/ Pixies Did It Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixiesDidIt?ref=ts Pixies Did It Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixiesDidIt Book Videos: http://www.pixiesdidit.com/videos/ Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ5SmZkK33Q I made these tonight and I'm ridiculously proud of them. pic.twitter.com/vqr2CChMnG — Emily (@Emren) March 14, 2017 I posted this on twitter last night. Organization is HUGE in my life. If I wasn’t organized I wouldn’t be able to work 3 jobs, run a small business, volunteer, run a blog and jump start a family. I often fall off the wagon but I always end up coming back to a need to know everything that’s going […]
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig Series: The Girl from Everywhere #2 Published by Greenwillow Books on February 28th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy. Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father? Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is […]
Unfortunately, publishers are learning how to get me. Label something “Firefly meets Dune” and I will be breaking down doors to read it. That first sentence and I’m hooked. A prince in hiding, a misfit crew, an intergalactic war and a touchy captain all sound like Firefly to me. The rest of the book description sounds great as well. It also reminds me of Starflight, which I read last year and loved. I love all the science fiction that is coming out for young adults this year and Shadow Run looks like a great start!
This was supposed to be an exciting recap on the V.E. Schwab event that I went to on Thursday night. I went and I had a wonderful time. V.E. Schwab is gorgeous and well spoken and she has such wonderful justifications for ever decision she makes in her books. I would love to hear eloquent descriptions of world building and language development from all of my favorite authors. She signed ALL of my books too. Unfortunately, I only took a single picture. I had this intention of taking a bunch of pictures and doing another fun recap. I also was going to do a better write up about what she talked about and it was going to be done on Friday when everything she said was still fresh in my mind. That didn’t happen. Mr. Functionally Illiterate and I have been working towards becoming Foster Parents for a long time. On Tuesday, we finally got our license. Then at 5pm, we received our first call for a placement. We had a child in our house by 7:30 that night. That’s why there was no #BHPChat wrap up last Wednesday. I was a little preoccupied and I’ve stayed that way. I love it. I wouldn’t change it but I need to get used to the new normal. Luckily I have lots of blog posts pre-scheduled. I’m still here just on […]
This interview came about because of a single tweet from last month’s #BHPChat! The question was “What author would you love to have featured on your blog for a guest post or interview?” and I tweeted: A4: I would want to interview @rachelcaine about being a cross genre author and what she's learned. https://t.co/xu0r2RZCBc — Emily (@Emren) February 1, 2017 Rachel Caine contacted me the next day about being interviewed. I can’t express how excited I was to see it. While she is probably most well known for the Morganville Vanpires series, her Weather Warden series has a special place in my heart. I also am eagerly awaiting the release of Ash and Quill, the final installment of The Great Library series that’s due out later this year. Q&A You recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Red Hot Rain, a return to your Weather Wardens series. I can’t wait! Are there any other series you would return to if you had the chance? Absolutely! I really loved the Morganville Vampires series, and I’d love to do some stand-alone books about the older vampires one day. Also, I have an obscure 2-book series called Red Letter Days … would love to get back into that universe! And my Holly and Andrew short stories (I did three of them) really deserve to be expanded into a book. Out of all […]
February was a disappointing #bookstagram month for me. I didn’t do very well. I have a lot going on in my life right now outside of the book world, but I hope to redeem myself in March. Wish me luck! #beourbookstagrammer hosted by @emileighlatham #grimdragon hosted by @the_infinite_book_dragon and @grimdark_dad #ampersandmarch17 hosted by @commasandampersands #bibliophilespring hosted by @oasisgirlmd and @brumblewumps.books.and.plush #booksofmarch17 hosted by @missgoldblatt #Marchonbooks hosted by @belinda_missen and @hannahplusbooks #springbookishflowers17 hosted by @spinatale, @mo_the_bookish, @tiff_holme, @tarasbookshelf, @charli_the_book_princess #springintobooks17 hosted by @beautybooks, @noplacelikebooks and @plentifulpages #squeakybookishlibrary hosted by @a_tad_bit_bookish, @thesqueakybookcupboard and @ladyofthelibrary #swoonyfictioncolors hosted by @swoonyboys and @JamieArkin #fanaticalbirdmarch hosted by @littleliterarybird and @fanatical.fantasy #UnityinDiversityMarch hosted by @Giota_the_reader, @pikamikareads, @meiiandbooks, @belleslibraryy, & @salzbookden #BookishMusical hosted by @nomilia @storied.adventures @vixenreads @basement_bookcase & @b00kswithmaps #alliwantformarchisabook hosted by @beautyandthebeastlybooks @meiiandbooks @honeydukesbooks & @autumnmaryreads #marchbooksarelit hosted by @mybookinggreatblog @tinybookfort and @stellabookishart #Marchbookstagram hosted by @readwithmikee and @pagewithaview #novelsatnightmar17 Hosted by @avbooklovers
I don’t go to many author events. There’s a variety of reasons for it. I’m shy in groups, I don’t like crowds and I often don’t have anyone to go with me. It’s no fun to go alone. However, I’ve committed myself to go to three different author events in the next three weeks and I’m determined to enjoy them. If the first event is any indication, I’m in for an amazing 3 weeks. It might have even changed my mind about author events entirely. I ran into Elise out front and got a picture of her with her face. She was just excited about seeing the poster in the window as I was! Here is the set up! It looked so professional. I was lucky to grab a seat up front. There were tons of copies of The Alchemists of Loom too. The signing was amazing because Elise spent the entire time answering questions about both her series. I also got to see a glimpse of the cover of The Dragons of Nova. I will definitely be participating in the cover reveal, if I get the chance. My copy of The Prince’s Rogue was the first Elise has seen in person! She said she usually orders one for herself but she hadn’t gotten around to it yet. It was fun to watch because she hadn’t thought […]
Dreamland Burning is beautifully written with a contrast between present day and 1921 and the racial issues that plague the United States. It’s not always a “pleasant” read, but it the impact was enormous. As a white person, it’s painful to read how African Americans were treated in the not-so-long-ago past. To be black and to read this must be an entirely different level of anger and disgust. I liked the characters and how they were from all walks of life, past and present. I think those were really intelligent choices made by the author. For example, the present day teenage main character, Rowan, was a biracial girl living a considerably privileged life. Her family was wealthy, her father was white and from a powerful family, and she went to a private school with mostly white students who she fit in with well because of her finances. This made her somewhat out of touch when it came to situations that afflicted other black Americans who didn’t have the same lifestyle. To balance her out, she had an asexual black best friend who sometimes put her in her place, so to speak. Her job in a clinic was also eye opening for her. On the other hand, the teenage boy from 1921, Will Tillman, presented an entirely different perspective. His journey was obviously the more horrendous because it depicts the […]
We all have our auto-buy authors. Those authors that we buy no matter what they write and when. Patricia Briggs is definitely one of mine. I fell in love with Mercy Thompson years ago with the first book in the series, Moon Called. This series has high stakes and relate-able characters. It’s not easy to read or even easy to like sometimes but it keeps me coming back. I have to know what happens next to Mercy and Adam. This next one is no exception. It sounds like Mercy has gotten herself in real trouble, far away without her support system. I can’t wait to see what happens. Patricia Briggs will be in Houston as part of her release tour and I will be there! I’m waiting to buy this one until I’m there so I can have her sign it. It’s makes the wait longer, but it’s worth it!
Books I Loved Less/More than I Thought I Would Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish The Pleasant Surprises Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur I don’t often like poetry, but this book spoke to my soul. This is Our Story by Ashley Elston I wasn’t expecting to love this, but the mystery had me hooked from page one. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon I kind of disliked Everything, Everything because of the ending. I was reluctant to pick this one up. Needless to say, so glad I did! Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw I recieved this in an Uppercase box and was initially SO disappointed. When I finally read it I felt silly for my first reaction. Parts of this book made me giggle out loud. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Every once in awhile a book truly resonates with us. This was one for me. And to think I almost didn’t pick it up at ALA over the summer. The Semi-Disappointments *Disclaimer: There are things I really enjoyed about each of these, but overall they didn’t live up to the hype for me. I would still recommend these books because they’re all good stories. Literally by Lucy Keating Heartless by Marissa Meyer When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Hunted by […]