#LoveAThon: Mini-challenge #1: Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

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Hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy


Once upon a time, in a far away Italy, there lived a smart concierge. She lived alone in an apothecary, where it had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful ears and she was known for her shiny red stopwatch, the only thing she had left of her parents.

Alas, the Queen of the country became jealous and wanted to own this stopwatchSo, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After skipping around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon a/an Walmart. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at it with weariness and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my tuba back. Here is a magical butternut squash, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have 1 1/2 days to return before the stalk withers.”

She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge split level ranch. She walked to the door and knocked. A disembodied voice said: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” It was not afraid and said: “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”

The door made a/an mumbling sound when it opened and revealed a large mud room filled with golden carpetsShe stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face.” The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, she moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore an Armani suit

“What happened to you?” She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left to ascend so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”

“If you give me the tubaI will help you.”

In keeping its promise, the beast and her worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as a corporate raider in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at it.

“We have to tell you something,” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

 

#LoveAThon: 2017-Getting to know you!

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I’m so excited to be participating in the 2017 Love-a-Thon hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy


QUESTIONNAIRE

An Introduction to You and Your Blog

What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from?

My name is April and I’m blogging from the US! 

Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?

I am going to say I was a reluctant reader when I was in school. The book that really got me to like reading was:

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How did you get involved in the online book community?

 Andi from Andi’s ABC’s. She introduced me to some great authors to read and through her I met some great bloggers.

How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?

I had done a couple of other non book related blogs on WordPress, so it was easy to decide to put my book blog there. Actually my younger sister helped me. She said it should be bookish so I decided Between the Pages was a fun name, since it kind of works with reading.

What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?

The way that they support each other. Whether you’r blog has a thousand visitors or 5, they support you no matter what. And they are some of the nicest, friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

What sort of posts can readers expect from you?

Hopefully some fun, some informative, and some that recommend a book you may not have read yet.

What book genres do you talk about most?

I try and do reviews for every book I read, be it romance, contemporary, dystopian or fantasy. I have to say that lately Contemp and Fantasy seem to be what I’m reading, and while I’m short on reviews at the moment I have a ton planned for the next few weeks.


Favorites

Favorite food? Beverage?

Favorite Food: Pizza from My Pi or a good Steak
Favorite Beverage: Pepsi and Fruit Punch (but not together)

Favorite color?

Burgandy

Favorite things to do apart from reading?

Hang out with friends and watch movies

Favorite tv shows?

Chicago Fire, Shadowhunters, Chicago Med, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Hawaii 5.0., The 100

Favorite movies?

The Accountant, Any Marvel, Star Wars, Underworld, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Fast & The Furious Franchise, Transformers

Favorite musical artists?

The Beatles, Adele, Cyndi Lauper, Chicago, Kelly Clarkson, Pink

Favorite places to shop?

Amazon, Michaels, Target


Book Talk

Favorite childhood books?

Across Five April’s, The Lottery Rose and Where the Sidewalk Ends

Favorite books read in the last five years?

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Favorite genres?

Contemporary Romance, Dystopian and Fantasy

Underrated book, series or author you love?

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A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?

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Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?

Boyfriend: Cal, Warner, Kai, Rhys, Chaol
Book BFF: Mare, Wil

Book Family: 

Books you want to read in 2017?

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: Favorite Shippy Books #ContRom2017

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So I am taking part in the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and each month there is a new Monthly topic.  

This month’s topic is:

Favorite Shippy Books

Here are mine:

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| All in Pieces | Anna and the French Kiss | The Deal | I’ll Meet You There |

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| The One Real Thing | Fly With Me | Harmony | Count on Me |

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| The Mistake | My Life Next Door |

What are your favorite shippy books?

For more information or to sign up go HERE

Monthly Wrap Up: January 2017

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So in the process of wanting to read more books than I did in 2015, I decided to participate in a few reading challenges. You can check  the status of them every day here, but each month I’m a bit behind so I’m covering everything I’ve read and done since March!


 

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January: 12 books read


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I have read 12 books so far for 2017.


 

My Dream Loot Crate

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So I learned about a project being put together by Loot Crate where fans can create their own Dream Crate. It could have anything in it I wanted, and I jumped at this opportunity. I do not know much about subscription boxes, as I do not subscribe to them, but I thought that this would be fun. If you’re unfamiliar with Loot Crate, you can check out the different monthly subscriptions they have to get some of your own ideas. So here we go. What I would love to see inside a Loot Crate box for the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:

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Box set from Amazon.com | Art print from by Dorthyreads on Society 6 | Tote Bag from PivotBookTotes shop on Etsy |

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| Candles from Novelly Yours shop on Etsy |
Bookmarks from Marquisdusoleil shop on Etsy |

Let’s Talk: Physical Books vs E-Books

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It took me a while to get my very first Kindle. I think part of it was the price of them and part of it was me refusing to give up my physical books. I think reading psychical books for so long it was hard to get used to not holding a hardback or paperback, the sound of turning the pages and being able to mark special passages. In fact to this day I still don’t “bookmark” things when I read on my kindle which makes going back to find certain parts for reviews a little difficult, but it does make it easier to read anywhere I am at without lugging around a big book.

Thanks to Books for Trade, BEA and my OTSP Secret Sisters I have actually gotten back into collecting physical books that I now  may read or have read on my Kindle. In fact I’ve gotten to the point that I find it much easier to read on my kindle, or kindle app on my IPhone, it’s easier on my hands to not have to hold that big thick hardback book. But I do miss the pretty covers that come with actual physical copies of the books. Which is why every time I get a brand new book from my Secret Sister I’m super excited to add it to my collection, to get to look at the cover.

I’ve gotten so many books over the past 2 years that I’m in desperate need of buying a bookcase, re-learning to read from a physical book instead of an e-book and really enjoying collecting series and seeing the amazing covers that we miss out on with e-books. Though I will say that I am not ready to give up my Kindle either.

What about you? Physical books or E-Books which do you find it easier to read?

Release Day Blitz: Roseblood by A. G. Howard

I am so excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads

 

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

 

 

ag-howard-2About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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Anticipated contemporary romances for the 1st half of 2017

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So I am taking part in the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and each month there is a new Monthly topic.  

This month’s topic is:

 Anticipated contemporary romances for the 1st half of 2017

Here are mine:

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Whenever I’m with You (January 3, 2017)
By Your Side (January 31, 2017)
Romeo & What’s Her Name (February 7, 2017)
Every Little Thing (March 7, 2017)

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Letters to the Lost (April 4, 2017)
The Last Thing You Said (April 4, 2017)
The Upside of Unrequited (April 11, 2017)
It Started with Goodbye (May 9, 2017)

What are your most anticipated Contemporary Reads for the first half of 2017?

For more information or to sign up go HERE

2016 Reading Challenge Wrap Up

 

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So in 2015 I participated in 7 on the blog reading challenges as well as the Goodreads reading challenge. Here is my wrap up for the year:

 

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Challenged myself to read 12 Debut Authors, and I read 3 amazing stories by Debut Authors 


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I picked the goal to read 16+ more books in 2016 than 2015. I read 130 books in 2015 and 118 books in 2016. Not my best reading year. 


#ReRead2016

Challenged myself to Re-Read 12 books, only Re-Read 8


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 Challenged myself to 20 FANTASY BOOKS only managed to read 8.


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Challenged myself to 11-20 A FRIENDLY HUG, only managed to read 7 off of my TBR Pile 


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I have challenged myself to read 90 books for 2016 and read 118.

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January :  LET’S TALK: I’M AND ADULT AND I READ YA BOOKS
February: Let’s Talk: How do you pick your next read?
July: Let’s Talk: Reading & Blogging Slumps
September:Let’s Talk: Is there such a thing as too many Reading/Blogging Challenges?


Well there you have it. This was my year in reading Challenges, I’m excited to be doing a few of these again in 2017.