Booktube Bites: “On The Same Page”- A Short Film

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Booktube Bites is a weekly segment in which I spotlight cool bookish videos on the internet. I will discuss some entertaining videos and Booktubers which you can check out. Feel free to participate as well, and send in your own recommendations of videos you would like spotlighted.

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Today’s Video: “On The Same Page”- A Short Film

I’m finally back with Booktube Bites! I’ve been so busy lately, so I apologize for the hiatus in this engagement. This week’s video pick is an animated short film titled, On The Same Page. This film by Carla Lutz and Alli Norman follows the story of an introverted writer in a newspaper world who whirled away into a colorful journey with his neighbor from the comic section.

This was such an entertaining and cute film. While it’s not 100% literary it does deal with the topics of writing and journalism. I like how the story played out and I think others will enjoy this film too.

Question of the week: Do you read newspapers? If so, which ones? If not, explain why?

Happy December! Have a great weekend!🙂

 

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November Book Haul: The “Treat Yo Shelf” Edition

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I can’t believe has November has come and gone! I dubbed this haul th “Treat Yo Shelf” edition because most of these books I bought completely on a whim. Plus they were my highly anticipated reads. This past weekend I indulged in some Black Friday book sales and bought books I didn’t need, per usual.

I’ve somewhat cut back on buying books, besides the somewhat large order I placed on Book Outlet (which will be included in December’s haul). Recently, I’ve been mostly focusing on Christmas shopping for family and friends. I’m also participating in #TBTBSanta (The Broke and Bookish’s Secret Santa) event and the person I’ve been shopping for has excellent and a similar taste in books. I was so tempted to buy extra copies for myself, but I refrained.

Also, in other bookish news on the blog: keep your eyes open for a giveaway post coming soon! This holiday themed giveaway will be the last giveaway of the year!

Let’s start with the haul! (Sorry these pics are not better quality, my camera was being funky!)

Bought:

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi: I posted a previous pic of this on Instqgram (that truly does the cover justice) and I love the colors used in the cover’s artwork. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book!

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlyn Ward: This book was 50% for Barnes & Noble’s Black Friday sale. I love the cover art and it looks like an interesting book.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: Ever since I heard about this book coming into existence I wanted to read it badly. I fell in love with Yoon’s debut novel and I can’t wait to read this!

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The Revenant by Michael Punke: Ever since I saw the film, I become interested in reading the novel. I love learning about historical events, so I’m hoping the book will touch on things that the movie didn’t.

The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon: It’s a companion novel to the Outlander series, so it was an automatic buy for me.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina: On my quest to add more diverse books to my shelf, I picked up this gem. The title alone hooked me into the story, so I hope it’s good.

Donations:

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*Note: I work in a public library, so sometimes we have access to take home donated books from fellow patrons that will be added the annual book sales we hold.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey: I love mysteries, so I couldn’t resist picking this up!

Off The Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer: Both of these book have been on my TBR pile for a while and the synopsis really has me hooked!

That concludes this month’s book haul! What books did you buy this month? What books have you recently added to your TBR? Tell me in the comment section below.:)

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Tea Time Review: Germack’s Serenity Tea

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Hello fellow readers and tea drinkers! Welcome to another edition of Tea Time Review where I try various types of teas and share my thoughts about them. To see my most recent tea review, click here.

Since the days are getting longer and the weather is becoming colder, I figured now is the perfect time to do another tea review! But to be totally honest, anytime is a good time to enjoy a good cup of tea.🙂

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post this past summer. This is not even a quarter of the tea they have to offer.

For my latest review, I chose the Serenity tea by one of my local favorite places, Germack Pistachio Company. The physical store is located right in the heart of Eastern Market in Detroit (my hometown), but also sells their products online and on QVC. They are not only famous for their variety of nuts/trail mix, but also their delicious coffee and teas (Germack Roasting Company).

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Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the list of ingredients that are used to make the tea. It can best be described as a calming & relaxation tea with chamomile including other flavors. I wish I could be more descriptive, but I forgot to write the ingredients down while I was buying the tea (knowing that I was going to review it). Sorry!

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My Overall Thoughts:

As with lighter, chamomile blend teas, I steeped it longer to get a fuller flavor. While I steeped it for a full 10 minutes, I’d recommend steeping it from 5-10 minutes depending on how you like your tea.

The first thing that jumped out to me about this tea was it’s lovely and light aroma of chamomile along with mint. I added a bit of sugar to heighten the taste, and Voila! It tasted amazing! It’s not too heavy and it’s caffeine free. Perfect for relaxing before bedtime or cozying up with your favorite book. I also highly recommend Germack’s Vanilla Creme Tea as well!

 Final Verdict:

4 star rating

Top 10 Literary Christmas Gifts!

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Hello everyone! Since the holidays are here you’ve probably already started shopping for Christmas gifts for friends and family. I’m back with a new compilation of fun and unique literary gifts to give to the bibliophile in your life. To see last year’s list click here.

*Prices listed do not include shipping costs, and are subject to change

1) Harry Potter Magician Bookmark by MyBookmark

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Source:Etsy/ Price:$25

MyBookmark not only makes these cute HP bookmarks, but has a variety of bookmarks to offer on their shop. They’re the first ones to create bookmarks of this style (that I’ve seen) and I love how the look of feet sticking out of your book.

2) Crying Pillow by The Scudders

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Source: RedBubble/ Price:$19.17

For your friend (or maybe yourself) that is always getting too attached to fictional characters this “crying pillow” is the perfect thing to cuddle up with if you’re reading a book with tragic character deaths.

3) This Chapter Pajamas by Concord Collections

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Source:Cafe Press/ Price:$27.95

Who wouldn’t love some cozy, bookish pajamas for Christmas? The shirt reads “as soon as I finish this chapter” which is a phrase most bibliophiles know all too well. The design is fun and colorful!

4) Bookish – A Coloring Book for Book Lovers by Jessica Hildreth

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Source:Amazon/Price:$7.99

If you have friends or family that are still enjoying the coloring book craze this book is perfect! It’s full of fun bookish designs and I like that coloring books in general are so relaxing and therapeutic.

5) Thousand Lives Art Print by Nyxsullivan

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Source:Society 6/Price:$15

If your bookish friend loves art, why not buy them an art print like this one? The design is absolutely beautiful and I love the colors the artist used.

6) Novel Teas by Bag Ladies Tea

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Source: Uncommon Goods/Price:$12.50

I gave away Novel Tea for Christmas gifts last year and my friends absolutely loved them. Though the tea featured is just a simple English Breakfast Tea, I love the literary quotes used on each tea bag.

7) Quotes Blanket by Barnes & Noble

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Source:Barnes&Noble/Price: $39.95

If you’re looking for a blanket or throw, I’d recommend this quotes blanket from Barnes&Noble. I got one for myself last year, and it is so cozy and warm.Though it is a bit pricey, it has gone on sale before, so keep your eyes out for a coupon or discounts.

8) I Can Survive Mug by Down The Reading Hole

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Source:Red Bubble/Price:$15.31

For the reader who loves drinking tea, coffee, or cocoa on a daily basis, how about a bookish mug? The mug says “I can survive well enough on my own if given the proper reading material.” Well said.🙂

9) Sherlock Holmes Book Soap by TeaSoapBooks 

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Source:Etsy/Price:$7.00

I’m always looking for new bath bombs/soaps to try, and I love this Sherlock Holmes book soap by TeaSoapBooks. Shop owner, Dana, makes some lovely literary soaps with a wide variety of scents!

10) Read Socks by Bas Bleu

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Source:Bas Bleu/Price: $13.95

Last, but not least are some bookish socks from Bas Bleu. In my opinion, you can never own too many socks. What I like most about the design it that it has the word “read” in a variety of languages from around the world. How cool!

What are some bookish gifts that you would buy or suggest? Any shopping website recommendations? Comment below with your thoughts.😀

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What I’m Listening To…Thanksgiving Edition

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Hello readers! I love listening to music of all genres on a daily basis. I can’t go a day without popping on some headphones and listening to some upbeat tunes while I dance around my room or relax from a long day by listening to calming songs. In this blog post series, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite song picks with you in a mini-playlist of five songs.

This month’s edition of “What I’m Listening To” will supply you with some tunes for Thanksgiving! This month I chose some songs that talk about giving thanks, family, and evoke the overall feeling of the holiday.

1) Thank You by Meghan Trainor

Thank You is one of the tracks off of Meghan Trainor’s second album which has a great mixture of ballads and upbeat pop songs. The song is an ode to everyone who helped in Meghan’s success, specifically her fans. I feel that this is a great song about gratitude and being humble. When I listen to it, I think of all of the people in my life that I’m thankful for.

2) Harvest For The World by Isley Brothers

Harvest for The World is a soulful, mid-tempo R&B track that is socially conscious. The song discusses the issue of world peace and I think with everything that has been happening throughout 2016 this song’s message speaks volumes. I also think it’s a good song to reflect on being grateful for what we have.

3) We Are Family by Sister Sledge

This list couldn’t be complete with out the well-known song We Are Family by Sister Sledge. The track is not only danceable, but is one of those all-time feel good songs that make you sing along to the music. The song is used as an expression of solidarity in various contexts, but it helps me to reminisce about the good times I share with my family.

4) Thank You by Ledisi

Thank You is a soulful track off Ledisi’s excellent Christmas album which I highly recommend. It’s a spiritual song that gives thanks to God for his love and blessings. Ledisi’s vocals shine on this track and I love the meaning behind the lyrics.

5) Thanksgiving Theme by Vince Guaraldi Trio

To end this mini playlist, I’m sharing the song Thanksgiving Theme by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. It’s a light and playful instrumental song that evokes feelings of autumn and Thanksgiving. While the song has a happy sound, it’s also calming and relaxing.

I hope you enjoyed this mini playlist! What are your favorite songs that Thanksgiving? Comment below with some suggestions.:)

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Book Review: “Rad Women Worldwide” by Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl

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“Rad Women Worldwide” by Kate Schatz (writer), Miriam Klein Stahl (artist) (2016)

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography, Feminism

Page Length: 112 pages (hardcover edition)

Synopsis: In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. Featuring an array of diverse figures from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica), this progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history.

Review:

Rad Women Worldwide is amazing compilation of powerful and influential women worldwide who have made great contributions to their communities and notable achievements in history. The book is a great way to learn more about and brush up on global feminist history. From Malala Yousafzai to Junko Tabei, and  even Venus & Serena Williams it provides a wide variety of women from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and countries.

I absolutely loved this book and it broadened my knowledge of women’s history even further. I am more familiar with feminists in the US than across the globe and by reading this book I learned about some amazing women that I previously knew nothing about as well as more information about women that I have studied and admire wholeheartedly. I also feel that this book could be used as an helpful educational resource for classrooms.

I think that Schatz and did a fantastic job of teaching readers and convey these women  and life’s work to  a wide audience readers. Stahl’s abstract artwork is simplistic, but I found it to be visually appealing and the brightly colored backgrounds allow her drawings to pop off the page. To learn about even more influential women check out their other book Rad American Women A-Z.

Final Verdict:

5 star rating

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Author Interview with Holly Jennings of “Arena”

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Hello readers! I got the chance to interview debut author Holly Jennings about her novel Arena, favorite books, video games, and more! I hope you all enjoy the interview!


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Synopsis: Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…


Q&A Time!

  What inspired you to be writer and what is it about the sci-fi genre that draws you in?

To be honest, I feel like I always was a writer and I don’t think there was any one thing that inspired me to write stories. They were just always in me, waiting to come out. I’m drawn to science fiction because it’s the only place where I can meet aliens, travel to other worlds, or plug into a virtual world. I guess as a kid I had an overactive imagination (and probably still do), so if something could happen in real life, I didn’t want to read about it in a book. I wanted robots, clones and time travel. I wanted a world that would only ever exist on the page, because I could never experience it anywhere else.

 What book/s that you have read has most influenced your life?

If we’re talking about books that affected my life in general, then I have to say the Tao Te Ching was a big one for me. After reading it, I was a much more patient person and not nearly as anxiety-ridden as I once was. No Plot? No Problem!, the book about NaNoWriMo taught me how to disregard my inner critic and finish my stories. Without learning this little trick, I might not have finished my novel, or any story for that matter. Lastly, How to Make Friends and Influence People was a wonderful guide that taught a deeply introverted person like myself how to relate to others and converse with ease.

 Your novel Arena focuses on the world video games, and you’ve discussed that people tend to look down on video gamers in society. Why do you think this is and how can we address this issue?

There tends to be a lot of focus on video games as violent and the people who play them as antisocial shut-ins. Maybe I’m being naive, but I believe the problem is going to correct itself as things like eSports becomes more popular. Gamers are becoming celebrities and gaming competitions are beginning to be broadcast in prime time. As gaming and the people who play them become more and more apart of the mainstream (and if countries like South Korea and China are any hint), it might only be a matter of time before gamers are celebrated for their talents and video games recognized as a respectable hobby.

  What your favorite video game to play?

My favorite game of all time is GTA: Vice City with honorable mention going to Perfect Dark. I also spent many, many years lost in World of Warcraft. Overall, my favorite games tend to be open world, usually with a role-playing element. Still, I like to mix it up and will randomly play Harvest Moon or a classic Mario game.

 Is there anything that you found particularly challenging in writing Arena?

In the beginning, the fight scenes were very daunting. It’s incredibly difficult to find that balance between describing enough detail so the reader knows what’s happening and yet not too much so the fight feels slow and mechanical. However, I knew the fight scenes would be a big part of the book so I spent a lot of time studying how to make the most out of those scenes. Now, writing fight scenes is one of the things I look forward to in my books.

 What do you love most about the writing process?

I have two parts that I particularly love. The first comes from creating a world that never existed until I put it on the page. It appeals to my creative side. That happens in the outlining and early rough stages. The second comes from fine-tuning a sentence, paragraph, page or entire chapter to perfection. This usually happens in the final drafts. It appeals to my analytical, perfectionist side. I guess that means the middle drafts are kind of tough for me.

 What would the main character in your book, Kali, have to say about you?

I think she’d sympathize with me over our common hatred of alarm clocks, value my patience with her antics, and also tell me to write faster. She’d probably swear, too. 

 Does your book have a lesson? Moral?

Readers have told me several different morals they got from the book, so I guess it depends on the reader. Since the book is about pro gaming in the future, many current day gamers who earn their income from gaming have told me the book reminded them to focus more on having fun instead of it being all about profit. For me, the book is about learning to appreciate what you have and the world around you. 


About The Author

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Holly Jennings is a lifelong gamer who has spent innumerable hours playing World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. ARENA is her first novel. She lives in Canada, where she is working on the sequel. Find out more about Holly online at www.authorhollyjennings.com

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Thank you again Holly for the lovely interview! If you’re looking for a fast paced, action packed YA novel check out Arena today!😀

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