Milestone Sunday + Give Us Your Questions for Our Blogoversary!

Hi guys! Happy Sunday! School’s out, graduation for the seniors is over, and summer is starting! Woop woop! So I’m going to make a special announcement about our summer plans soon, but in the meanwhile, we have two things we would like to say!200 followers

First, this week we achieved 200 WordPress followers! *pulls out confetti cannons* Thanks so much to everyone who has followed us throughout the past year! From the blog’s inception til January, we had a total of only 20 followers through email/Wordpress, but in the last 4 – 5 months we’ve reached 200 WordPress followers! We would just like to thank everyone who has supported us, and it has been a great honor to be blogging for such a wonderful YA community!

So since our blogoversary is coming up on May 28th, which was the date I created the first ever post! After seeing ChicNerdReads’s blogoversary Q&A post, I’ve decided to make this post open to your questions! Please comment below your questions about any of us, the blog, books, etc. and we’ll pick our favorite ones (depending on the number) and answer them! Sounds fun? Ask away!

We’re so looking forward to seeing your questions for our blogoversary post next Sunday, so you better not miss it! Thanks so much, and happy reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

My Birthday Blog Post: My Reading Journey!

Hi guys! Guess what day it is? My birthday! Woo hoo! And that means a birthday book haul and the end of school… Oh my! As a special post for today, I’m going to tell you a little story about my love for reading. I’ll also give a special announcement at the end.

As an elementary school student, I was a big reader. I remember reading almost every single Magic Tree House and Hardy Boys book I could get my hands on. I kept on reading and reading and taking those AR tests to accumulate points.

AR stands for Accelerated Reading. It is a program where kids have to read books and later take quizzes on them. I read the entire Harry Potter series in 3rd to 5th grade and I could get 250 total points for all the books. Yes, the longer the book the more AR points you can get. That’s why The Order of the Phoenix would be like 50 points.

But as 4th and 5th grade progressed, I was pushed more to read higher level books. I couldn’t read books like the Hunger Games because they were so low level. I could only read 5th grade or higher, and there weren’t that many books that interested me. I couldn’t find myself reading Young Adult because nothing piqued my interest.

And that kind of ruined reading for me. It was like I was restricted with what I could read. The lowest books I could choose were Encyclopedia Brown and that was pretty much it. In middle school, I dropped the act. From reading 30 or 40 books a year, I only touched 5 to 10. Instead of reading, I would be playing video games or watching TV. (Now video games feel like a waste of time for me.)

I was stuck trying to read The Diary of Anne Frank (which I honestly didn’t like… I’m sorry for my unpopular opinion!) and being restricted to only the first book in the Among the Hidden series. I also tried to read during the summer, but it took me almost a month and a half to finish the entire 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which could now take me a week or two.

In 8th grade, I started finding books I liked. I’m going to tell you about Mr. Harris, who is a great teacher. One of the best English teachers you’ll ever find! He introduced me to The Giver (an amazing book but I don’t plan on finishing the Quartet) and Night by Elie Wiesel (very chilling). The books we read in his class were the first sticks in the fire. I also got to read 1984 on my own and I loved it so much that I even turned it into a speech team prose piece. (Sadly, I didn’t break…)

But I attribute the first “turning point” in my reading career to be the Infinity Ring series. Time travel and history? I had to read it. It was the first series that I finished, and it took me only a month to get through all the books. Yes, I admit they were short, but I couldn’t put them down. I remember traveling to World War II in a furniture store with Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Behind Enemy Lines. I did not want it to end.

I gave myself the challenge of reading the entire Maze Runner series, which took me the entire summer but it was worth. At that time, it was hard for me to read fast. Books would take me months at a time.

Soon, as I got to high school, my librarian Mrs. Mason introduced me to reading. After finishing the Kill Order I asked her some recommendations because I wanted to try reading out. The first book that made me go “Hey reading different books is fun” was Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich. Ever since, I always had a book with me.

The books that got me into Young Adult were The Islands at the End of the World duology by Austin Aslan. I remember looking at it and going “It looks so interesting but it looks too long!” At that time, I just wanted to read short books. I decided to try it out, and boy, I was blown away! I could not stop reading and reading. (Now Austin and I are friends, and you can check out his interview here!)

I finally reached the peak of my reading struggles and everything was downhill from there! In Winter of 2016, I went through a memoir phase. In Spring 2016, I got more into YA with These Gentle Wounds, Mosquitoland, and Between Shades of Gray (sadly I didn’t go to SE-YA that year and meet Ruta Sepetys… I will meet her one day!). Then I made my blog with my friend Lilly and launched our first post on May 28th, which is our blog-aversary! Then I surprised myself with reading a total of 64 books last year, which was unprecedented for me.

Now I read mainly YA with the occasional adult book. I’m super thankful for my love of reading because it has helped me connect more with the world around me, fellow readers and bloggers, and amazing authors! Books have opened up opportunities I never thought would be possible, such as this book or book festivals. 

 

The special announcement is the Summer of Authors! Throughout the summer, we will have over a dozen authors come onto the blog with amazing interviews, giveaways, and guest posts you don’t want to miss! I’m going to explain more in my blogoversary post on the 28th, but I won’t give away any secrets…

But it starts off this Monday with J. M. Sullivan, author of Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles, which just released yesterday! Go grab it if you have the chance!

So that’s it for my birthday post. I might post my haul soon, so be on the lookout! 😉


Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

(P.S. And I will be doing my best to do a quote of the week! It’s just been really hard lately, but I will try to get to one! 😉 )

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess Blog Tour: Guest Post by Casey Griffin –

Hello! Welcome to my tour stop for the Secrets of a Reluctant Princess Blog Tour! I know this little intro isn’t as long or personal as the others, but I’m a little bit crunched for time at the moment, but I hope you enjoy it!

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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey GriffinSecrets

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.

The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.

Link to Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N| Kobo | TBD | iBooks

 

Link to Tour Schedule

 

Now onto the guest post!

Casey Griffin

Speaking to Teens

Maybe it’s because I never matured past high school, or because I read a lot of YA, but I’ve never had much trouble putting myself in a young adult’s shoes to write a story from their perspective. In fact, it’s fun, refreshing even, to try to see the world through the eyes of a teenager. All that youthful optimism, the world at their feet, the rest of their lives ahead of them (yet, ironically, they can’t imagine ever being as old as I am). So what do I keep in mind while writing from a young adult’s point of view?

I’ve been there

  • I was once a teenager. I won’t tell you how long ago that was, but it wasn’t too long ago that I can’t remember how monumental some things seemed, how exciting, how scary, how frustrating. And if for a moment I take away some of the boring grown up things that occupy my brain space as an adult like bills, mortgages, and my career, it’s easy to still feel some of those same things. Heck, when it comes to romance, it doesn’t matter how old you get. When you fall in love, it still feels just as exciting and important as your first crush.

For teens, everything is new

  • I’ve had years of experiences that helped me develop the social and emotional tools to deal with a variety of situations (translation: I’ve made a ton of mistakes). For a teenager, a lot of those same experiences are new. They’re discovering their own achievements (and mistakes) for the first time. Add a dash of homework, a good dousing of hormones, trap them all in the same ugly building day after day, and OMG the world is ending! But it’s also fresh and exciting. Where an adult might feel skepticism or suspicion, a teen would have a fresh take on it.

It’s not easy being a teen

  • Many adults (read “all”) think they know everything and that teens should be learning from our past mistakes and limitless wisdom. But adults forget that teens can be pretty resourceful, and we can learn a lot from them too. Young adults deal with a lot these days. Not just in their own lives, but almost on a wider scale—as in globally, thanks to social media and the Internet. After becoming a step mom to a teen myself recently, and with three nephews all around that age, it feels like being a teen is tougher now than when I was one. Maybe there are more issues to face, maybe more pressure—or maybe that’s just all the years playing with my memory.

Put yourself in their shoes

  • While the vast majority of YA authors are not YAs themselves, I think it’s important to stay in touch with the age group you’re trying to write for. If an author has teens in their extended family, it’s as easy as connecting, asking questions, finding out what they’re up to, and what’s important to them. Of course there’s always excellent YA books, TV shows, and movies. It’s all about stepping out of your adult shoes and into theirs—you guys are still wearing platforms, right? 🙂

 

Thank you so much, Casey, for your wonderful guest post! Great to have you on our blog!

 

Now onto the giveaway!

Giveaway Information: 

  • One (1) winner will receive a signed copy of Secrets of a Reluctant Princess + a Tiara!

 

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About the AuthorCasey

 

Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.

 

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Hope you enjoyed it!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

 

 

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hi guys! Happy Sunday! Although I am so behind on awards and tags and haven’t yet updated our sidebar with our newest awards, I was able to do our tags for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award! We were nominated by Jannin from The Booknerd Dragon and Rendz from Reading with Rendz, two of the closest bloggers I have interacted with! They have amazing blogs, and I urge you to check them out! Thank you so much for nominating us!

 

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“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

 

Rules

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

 

Jannin’s Questions

1. What is your biggest fear?

Nope… Gonna keep this to myself! But one of my biggest fears is falling from heights. I’m not afraid of being high up, just whenever the chance of falling is great, like on a roller coaster where I get that weird feeling of my stomach shifting in my body. Ugh!

2. What is your favorite day of the week and why?

Sunday! It’s the day I can relax,  read, blog, and catch up on things. I love Sundays since it’s both the Lord’s Day and a day of worship and rest! I usually don’t have to worry about too many things on a Sunday. It’s great! I just pace myself that I don’t even try to stress myself!

3. Least favorite over-hyped book.

Fifty Shades of Gray. I don’t know why anyone would want to read it! Why? I haven’t read it and don’t ever want to! Just please no.

 

Rendz’s Questions

1. What is a book that brings up a good memory?

The Continuum Trilogy by Jennifer Brody. I remember those days when I couldn’t put it down! I could see the action, adventure, suspense, thrill, romance, and plot twists all unfold before my eyes! That’s why it’s my favorite series!

2. Do you have a person with whom you can fangirl/boy with at anytime of the day?

No because I’m one of the only big readers who actually like to talk about books with other people (I’m an ESFJ!). But sometimes I just geek out over books with a lot of my author and blogger friends like Shaila Patel (author of Soulmated which you should read), Stephanie from TeacherofYA, and Krysti from YA and Wine. There’s free promotion right there!

3. You can wish yourself into any fictional world you want, but you must leave behind this life (family, friends and books!) Would you do it and if so, where would you go?

Nope! I’d rather read about them than leave all my friends and family. I don’t want there to be no more blogging, La La La soundtracks, and violin, so I’d stay here.

 

Our Nominees

Stephanie from Teacher of YA

Krysti from YA and Wine

Mandy from Book Princess Reviews

Payton from Payton’s Book Thoughts

Kim from By Hook or By Book

Megan from ::bookslayerReads::

The Orang-utan Librarian

Olga from Olga’s Oddish Obsession

 

Our Questions

1. What is your favorite album or soundtrack you like to listen to and why?

2. Which book have you been wanting to get signed for such a long time?

3. Would you rather read only physical books but get a paper cut every 15 minutes or e-books but your device shuts down for 1 minute every 5 minutes?

 

If you were nominated, you are not required to do the tag! If you do, please tag us! I’d love to see your answers!

 

+ J.M.J.

Happy Reading!

~ Kester

 

 

 

 

 

Milestone Sunday! 100 WordPress Followers and 3,000 Views! + Happy Birthday to Cayli!

Hi guys! Happy Sunday! Today marks a special day… well yesterday. We’ve achieved some special milestones this week, and we’d like to share them with you!

But first…

Happy Birthday to Cayli! Her birthday was actually yesterday, but I would like to post it here on LILbooKlovers! I am so glad that you are a part of the team, and I have loved working with you! I’m happy that we share Digital Arts together! Thanks for everything you have done for this blog! You have contributed so much!

Now onto our two milestones…

This week we reached 3,000 views on LILbooKlovers! I’m so happy! These past fe3000-viewsw months have been crazy hectic, but I’m so glad I’ve gotten to meet a ton of new blogger and author friends! We would like to thank each and every one of you who have taken your time to view and read our posts! We couldn’t have reached this point without you!

100-followersAnd our second milestone: Yesterday we reached 100 WordPress followers! *grabs the champagne and opens it* I am so thankful that we’ve gotten to meet so many WordPress bloggers, and that many of you have decided to follow us! Thank you for all your support! We couldn’t have reached 100 WordPress followers without all of you bloggers following us and telling your friends! I’m so thankful for all these blessings!

Thank you to everybody for helping us! I have to give a few thank you’s before I go really quick. To my closest blogger friends, thanks for all the fun conversations in the comments sections, all the support, and all the fun at BBTCs! To my closest author friends, thanks for all the support, encouragement, books, ARCs, and texts that have helped me continue to be a book blogger and reader who wants to help out as many authors and bloggers and readers as I can! To Cayli, Kelsey, and Lilly, this blog wouldn’t have been the same without you guys! To my family, thanks for all the love and supports and jokes about me being a big reader! And to all of you followers and viewers, thanks for taking the time to look at LILbooKlovers! Thanks for everything! Hope you can continue to share and follow us so we can spread our book love to as many people as possible!

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway for J. L. Pattison’s SAVING KENNEDY! Please go enter right now here at this link!

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Ringing in the New Year Tag

Hi guys! Happy Sunday! Because I’m so busy with all sorts of school-related things, I wasn’t able to get our post for the Liebster Award (we’ve had four nominations so I need some more time to answer the ones for me). This is, however, our first ever non-award related tag, and we were tagged by Jannin from The Booknerd Dragon. Go check out her blog if you have the chance! She’s amazing! Now here’s my answers to the tag!

Best book/series you’ve read in 2016?

It’s a tie between The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

I devoured The 13th Continuum in three days! It was full of so much action, adventure, and suspense that I couldn’t put it down! It was so amazing!

Between Shades of Gray was the prettiest book I read last year. Ruta Sepetys’s writing style and prose is so beautiful and elegant, and I was amazed by the book. It was so awesome that the two are my favorites in 2016.

Ironically, these books just got beat by books from the same authors! I found The United Continuums by Jennifer Brody and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys now my favorite books of all time! Funny, huh?

Authors that you’ve recently found and would to read more of in the New Year.

Jennifer Brody, Brittany Goodwin, M. Tara Crowl, Jennifer M. Eaton, Shaila Patel, Elle Cosimano,  Nadine Brandes, Jennifer Bardsley, and K. M. Robinson

Most anticipated book turned TV/Movie show.

Before I Fall- based off of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. The trailer makes the movie look so good! And now I want to both read the book and watch the movie!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshineHi guys! We got nominated a few weeks ago for the Sunshine Blogger Award, our second award, by two bloggers, Mandy from Book Princess Reviews and Jannin from The Booknerd Dragon! Thank you so much, Mandy and Jannin, for your nominations, and if you have the chance, go check her blog out! Cayli and I were so excited to answer these questions, and we hope that you’ll enjoy them!

Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Mandy’s Questions (Answered by Kester)

1.  Favorite Disney character – look at me, I’m not even limiting it to a Princess! Can we call this progress?

I would say Joy from Inside Out or Olaf from Frozen. They’re always so positive, and I would be them if I were a character in their movies.

2. What can always make you laugh?

Pretty much anything funny can make me laugh. Sometimes I’ll just burst out laughing in class and I’ll be the only one laughing.

3. What is your favorite quote?

I live by many quotes, but for now, this is the one that sticks out a lot in my mind:

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different…” – C. S. Lewis

I always think that I’m not improving as a person each and every day, but this quote reminds me that we might not see our changes each day, but in the future, we’ll see the big changes. I want to be a better person, one who’s more selfless and charitable to others in my family, in school, in my church, and everywhere I go. Sometimes it does not seem that I’m improving, but I know that I’m becoming better little by little. Like they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” We might not see our improvements now, but we will definitely see them later.

4. If you could have any animal in the world (or beyond) as a pet and you knew for sure that it wouldn’t eat you, what would it be?

I would have want to have one of those cute little puppies with big eyes, fluffy fur, and a little tongue that tickles you when he licks you. They’re super cute! I can’t resist cuteness!

It’s either that or a pig named Hamlet that I’ll dress up in a Shakespearean outfit. I’ll also place him next to a skull when taking pictures of him.

5. What book do you wish that everyone could read?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. People need to see the untold stories of World War II, and Ruta Sepetys does an amazing job of that. My eyes were truly opened by her book, and I think reading this book will certainly change the way people see about the world. 

6. Coffee, tea…neither?

I am a coffee drinker, except when I have a choral audition the next day or the day of. Then I’ll drink tea. But if I could drink at Starbucks I would jump at the chance.

7. What authors are insta-buys for you?

Ruta Sepetys. I really don’t have an “insta-author” since I don’t buy books frequently, but it’s usually just books that I really want to read.

8. How do you feel about classic books?

I like classics, but the language is what makes me not want to read them. It’s so hard to read the olden, flowery language of before, and it makes it harder to understand the text and easier for me to get confused or bored. Some of my favorite books are classics, but if I have to read it for school, it kind of feels forced upon. I’m reading Animal Farm by George Orwell right now for English, and although I love it, it feels like a chore at times because I have to read two or three chapters every few days, which makes it more like work and not pleasure.

9. What song is stuck in your head right this very minute?

“A Lovely Night” from La La Land. It is such an amazing song, and I love the ending with the strings! The entire La La Land soundtrack is “lovely!” I got to go buy it on my phone soon!

10. And last but not least, what do you think your favorite book of 2017 will be?

The United Continuums by Jennifer Brody. Nothing will top that book. It was so amazing!


Jannin’s Questions (Answered by Cayli)

1. What is your favorite color? Why? 😀

I honestly don’t have a consistent favorite color. It’s whatever matches at the time. My room is blue… blue curtains. Blue walls. White dressers and nightstands…. my doors are brown. I guess I have to say blue, brown, and white are my favorite three colors when put together. They create this elegant look that I adore. Very calm and clean. A color isn’t as grand until you set it next to another.

2. Would you rather be smart or beautiful?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm I would would rather be smart. Being smart gets me into college. Getting into college gets me a good job. A good job gets me money. Money gets me a good haircut and a manicure. So in the end, being smart lets me beautify myself.

3. What is the most boring book you ever read? 

When it comes to fiction, I’ve never really read a boring book. I want to say nonfiction in general, but I have read good nonfiction books in my time. If I had to say one fiction book… I have to say Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly. ImsorryIdidntfullonhateitIpromise. I just didn’t like it in terms of what it could have been. Oh jeez, I honestly cannot tell you what I didn’t like specfically other than there was way too much dialogue (last time I read it was like two years ago) I would go further into it but I’ll just leave here for later. 

4. Name one famous author with bestselling books that is not just your cup of jam. 

Urrrrgggh I don’t know… lol I loved Divergent. I loved the Hunger Games (but not as much as I could love it but that’s another story). I love anything from Cassandra Clare. I love The 5th Wave. I guess I have to say The Giver… I read the first book, and it was awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t know… I wasn’t quite into it all that much. I have the other three books on my shelf, and I feel bad because I still haven’t gotten to read them (out of choice). I know one day I have to, but I don’t see it coming up soon.

5. If you could change nationality/race, what would it be? Why? 

BRITAIN. I want a British accent. I want to go to England, and I want one of their cool accent. I watch British people on YouTube and they say “Zeb-ra” instead of “Zee-bra” and I find it so oddly amusing. WHY CAN’T I LIVE IN BRITIAN? 😥 

6. What language do you want to learn fluently? Choose only one. 

French. I don’t take the class yet, but I will. Beautiful language. People tell me I should take Spanish because I would encounter more of that language than I will French. I told my mom, “One day there will be that one person who speaks French and will need my help to translate. Then you’ll all be sorry!” I play around too much…

7. You are given a chance to become a book jumper (nope, I haven’t read that book yet),what’s the first book you’ll jump into?

I really should say Chronicles of Narnia. I really, really should, and I want to. So bad. But I also want to jump into the world of Percy Jackson. Where I could train at Camp Half-Blood and make the gods mad and almost die over and over again because I made wandered into some monster’s lair… get cursed… visit the Underworld…haha… what fun… okay, which warbrobe should I step through…

8. Give one to/or three frustrating things about being a reader/booknerd? 

Number one, movie adaptations. When the producers decide they can just do whatever they want to a book that I LOVE. How dare they? I understand a few twists and turns to fit tue audience. Like the Miss Peregrine’s movie? Loved it. The played around with th ending, yeah, but overall, it was a wonderful film. But then you got movies like Percy Jackson and Chronicles of Narnia and The Mortal Instruments and The 5th Wave…. why? Why must they tick me off this badly? Annabeth was a brunette in the first movie and then decided to cover up their little mistake by dying her hair for the second movie… only made it all even worse. #salty

Number two… when you need to rant to someone because someone just died or the characters are being idiots…. and no one understands, therefore no one cares. Here I am in my bed, crying my eyes out, talking to Kelsey about how so and so are being adorable and how they will most likely die in the end…. and she has no words. She sits there and nods her head. “There, there…” 

Number Three? When the characters do something embarrassing, and you just want to hide yourself. I wasn’t the one who got drunk and confessed my love to someone across the street. I wasn’t the one who decided going against orders and got yelled at in front of everyone. *I* wasn’t the one who said made herself look like a fool during arguement in front of everyone. I did none of these things, yet I can’t help but cringe. Their emotions hit me. I cannot pick up the book until I am ready to face the horror that is this the aftermath of this embarrassment. These characters will be the death of me. 

9. Do you play sport? What sport? 

I’m not really a sports person. Im not competitive. But I love Volleyball. I play it now with a small group of girls. Maybe one day I’ll play for the high school? Who knows…. Time will tell. 

10. Would you rather be the author? Or the character?  

Well, since a lot of authors love killing off their characters (looking at you, Roth), I think I’ll play it safe and be the author. I’ll do the killing. Don’t worry, though, I am not as heartless as some authors (Cassandra…)

11. Favorite movie of all time. 

Miss Peregrine’s, probably. I don’t rewatch movies unless there is some time in between them, but I love this film nonetheless. I watched it again a month after the first time with a friend of mine. Still laughed and cried at all the memories and the “Your lives were so easy back then…. sniff sniff… you sillies think your burned down house is the biggest problem…”

 

Our Nominees

Stephanie from Teacher of YA

Joana from Bookneeders

Rakel from MiRakelBooks

Rendz from Reading with Rendz

Rafael Ray from The Royal Polar Bear Reads

Jamie from Book Pandamonium

Payton from Payton’s Book Thoughts

Kim from By Hook Or By Book

Mikaela from the well-thumbed reader

Sophie from Blame Chocolate

Klara from Ribbon Reviews

 

My Questions for My Nominees

1. What is one book that made you cry?

2. If you could travel one place in the entire world and all your expenses were paid, where would you go?

3. Where is your favorite place to read? Like in front of fireplace, outside on the grass, on your bed in a blanket… what?

4. Which TV show would you choose to binge watch?

5. Would you rather meet your favorite author but you cannot say a single word, or would you have a signed copy of your favorite book made personally to you but every 10th page is missing?

6. What is your top reading strategy to maximize how many books you will read in a year?

7. What is the talent or achievement that you are most proud of?

8. What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book, and why?

9. If you were going to recommend me one book, which one would it be, and why?

10. Which fictional character would you go out on a date with, and do you think it would work out?

11. What kind of book swag (e.g. buttons, bookmarks, postcards, bookplates, wristbands, etc.) is your favorite?

 

I hope you guys will do this tag! If you were already nominated or tagged, I am not making you do this, but you are free to do these questions if you’d like! Thanks for all of your support! We have another award coming up- the Liebster Award- and we’ll be nominating another batch of wonderful bloggers! Thank you, and we hope that you may continue share our blog with your friends! It’s fun to meet more book lovers!

 

Til next time! ~ Kester

 

 

 

Damaged Goods Blog Tour: Interview with Jennifer Bardsley

Hi guys! If you’re here on the Damaged Goods blog tour, welcome to my tour stop! What a great way to end the tour, huh? This series is actually one of my most anticipated reads of 2016! I can’t wait to start it! And today, I have the honor to interview the lovely Jennifer Bardsley, also known as the YA Gal! (*internally screaming insider because I’m so happy I got to interview her*). Let’s get on with the tour!

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Title: DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)

Author: Jennifer Bardsley

Pub. Date: January 17, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis:

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

 

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Title: GENESIS GIRL (Blank Slate #1)

Author: Jennifer Bardsley

Pub. Date: June 14, 2016

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 280

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon |  B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Books A Million | Google Play | IndieBound

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. 

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. 

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online. 

 

About Jennifer: jennifer-bardsley

Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.

GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary Agency LLC.

Follow the Jennifer on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

 

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Interview with Jennifer Bardsley:

Kester: In your own words, what is your Blank Slate series about?

Jennifer: The Blank Slate series is about a teenager named Blanca who grew up in a quasi-religious cult called the Vestals, where she was shielded from the Internet for eighteen years. Blanca grew up with no online profile or digital footprint. All the Vestals were blank slates, and since that is so rare, it made them valuable. In GENESIS GIRL Blanca’s digital purity gets auctioned off to the highest bidder. In DAMAGED GOODS, Blanca struggles to overcome the brainwashing of her past.

Kester: Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?

Jennifer: I grew up keeping a diary. It’s really hard to commit to a diary, and I flaked out a whole bunch, but did manage to write a few times a month. Now I have diaries from when I was ten to fifteen that I treasure. If I was a teenager today though, I’d probably have an anonymous blog instead.

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