Beginners Guide to Reading

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So obviously this post isn’t for the people who run book blogs/vlogs and are reading this because clearly you don’t need any of my help in the reading department. This post is for the people who’ve never read a single full length chapter novel in their lives but are trying to change their wierd ways. This post is for the dear readers who stumbled across my blog and wondered how this strange breed of creatures could possibly exist on the Internet with the seemingly sole intent of flailing about books.

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Sports Related Books

Top 5 Sport RelatedBooks!

OMG guys its such an exciting time!! For those of you that don’t live in Africa and didn’t know: Zambia (my home sweet home!) hosted this year’s U20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and last night were the finals and we actually won!!! If you’re from Senegal, sorry your team couldn’t handle our teams incredible prowess, agility and unattainable glory (#I’mJustSayin’) (lol) Anyway in honor of all the crazy fun soccer times, I wanted to spread the love (because nothing brings people together like sports) by listing some of my favorite books that involve some kind of sport.

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The Chainsmokers Book Tag!

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Hey everyone! If you’re like me then you’ve been playing the new Chainsmokers/Coldplay collab (Something Just Like This) on repeat for the last couple days. That song is awesome guys,  I can’t seem to get them out of my head so I got inspired to do the Chainsmokers book tag. I wasn’t tagged to this but I’ve seen it floating out the blogosphere. This tag was created by Kat @ KatReadsALot.

Rules

  • Post a blog post or a video (YouTubers you are welcome to do this tag!)
  • You can copy the song lyrics so people can know where the questions are based on. For those without lyrics, we based it on the title. #Genius
  • Tag friends to do the post as well!
    P.S. You don’t have to be tagged to do this tag! Just give it a try!

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A to Z Book Tag

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I don’t know who exactly created this tag but I saw it over on Enchanted by Books’s blog and immediately wanted to do it! I’ve seen a lot of A to Z tags but this one seemed unique enough so :

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Probably Sarah J. Maas, I’ve read every single one of her books so that’s about 7.

EDIT: Wait now that I think about it Rick Riordan takes the top spot; I’ve read all books in the Percy Jackson series, all in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Trials of Apollo and The Sword of Summer so 12 books in total!

Best Sequel Ever:

Hands down A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. That ish was amazing!

Currently Reading:

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A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF #1) by George R. R. Martin!!! I know! It’s about time…

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Chocolate milk #wut #don’tjudgeme

Ereader or Physical Book?

Definitely physical book but most of the time I use ebooks.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Any boy from Morgan Matson’s books.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson was a book I never thought I would enjoy. Shockingly it was one of my favourite books of 2016!

Hidden Gem Book:

Fatal Heir by L. C. Ireland. I wish everyone would read it!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Starting this blog. Discovering/reading a whole other world of books because of it.

Just Finished

Fatal Heir by L. C. Ireland…

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

This is a very personal choice, so no one mock me for it! I avoid books about angels and demons because they all tend to feel like a mockery of my religion/beliefs.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons it’s over 800 pages but was totally worth it!

Major book hangover because of:

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. This book had be thinking about nothing else for days. It’s really powerful.

Number of bookcases

Umm about three… Spread out across my devices (phone, laptop, tablet)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Its one of my favorite books of all time!

Preferred Place To Read:

Couch. Bed. The back of a goat. Doesn’t really matter to me

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Quiet people have the loudest
minds.” ― Stephen Hawking

Reading Regret:

Sticking to the same and not exposing myself to the rich diversity out in the world.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

Oh the shame! Lets see: The Darkest Mind Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sarah Raasch, The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children Trilogy, Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown … I could go on forever.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  2. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  3. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Pierce Brown! That man is hotter than fiction😍🙈🙈

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by S. J. Maas, need I say more?

Worst Bookish Habit:

Squishing big books into small spaces and horribly denting the covers and pages.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

On my digital shelf the 27th book is Winger by Andrew Smith.

Your latest book purchase:

A Clash of

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin, I haven’t even finished the first book but I knew I had to have the second one on hand for when I did!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee! That book had me hooked on all the juicy drama.


That’s it y’all! Not going to tag anyone because this tag seems to have been around forever but if you wanna do it go for it!

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Author Interview w/ M. Tara Crowl + Giveaway!

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Whats up bookworms, for this post I was lucky enough to interview M. Tara Crowl, author of the middle-grade series Eden of the Lamp.
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A Little Bit About the Author:

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Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She lives in New York City.

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The Interview:

Q. First things first Eden’s Escape released last year, could you tell us what the book series is about for those who don’t know?

edenswishEden’s Escape is the second book in the Eden of the Lamp series, which is about a twelve-year-old genie named Eden. In Eden’s Wish, which was published by Disney-Hyperion in 2015, she escapes her lamp, comes to Earth, and poses as a regular girl. There, she makes friends with mortals and tries to pretend that she’s one of them. But while she’s in the midst of trying to make friends and fit in at school, things become more complicated when she finds herself in the middle of a battle between dissenting groups of immortal genie alumni.

In Eden’s Escape, which came out last year, Eden changes history by being the very first genie to come to live on Earth while she completes her career. That means she can still be summoned anywhere in the world to grant three wishes, any time the lamp is rubbed. She finds herself in New York City with a genie alum named Pepper who becomes her new guardian. Before long, she’s whisked away for a granting that goes very wrong. She escapes the wisher, realizes she’s in Paris, and goes on the run. But she has to find a way to go back and retrieve the lamp in order to save her masters and the lamp’s legacy.

Q. Is middle grade the only genre you will write in or would you branch out into other genres, say young adult?

I wouldn’t say that I’ll only write middle-grade books. Young adult is a definite possibility in the future!

Q. Why did you write a book series like Eden of the Lamp? Was it because you have particular children in mind whom you want to read it or simply for the pleasure of writing the story?

I didn’t have specific readers in mind. It was just a story that came into my imagination, that I became determined to tell.

Q. Did you have a hand in creating your book covers?

The covers were designed by an artist named Erwin Madrid that the publisher hired. I did have the opportunity to discuss them with my editor and share my thoughts after seeing initial sketches, but I wouldn’t say I had a hand in creating them.

Q. Is writing middle grade hard? You know, making the “voices” of the characters sound the ages they’re supposed to? Keeping the language age appropriate?

For me, that aspect of it has not been difficult. In these books, my protagonist is twelve years old, so when I wrote them, I had the perspective of a twelve-year-old. The voice and language stemmed pretty organically from that. I think that to write authentic stories, staying true to your protagonist’s perspective is key.

Q. Is there any story that inspired this book series?

Yes, in a way. The idea came to me while I was listening to the audio book of Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. It mentions the prospect of meeting a genie and being able to make three wishes. But that day, I started to imagine what it would be like to be a genie. I thought that being trapped inside an oil lamp would be horrible! You’d have no friends, no fresh air, and no freedom. You could only go to Earth when someone rubbed the lamp, and your trip would be over as soon as you’d granted their wishes. You’d have no power whatsoever in your own life.

From there, I started to dream up the character of Eden, and then I began to imagine her world. That was when Eden’s Wish began to take shape.

Q. Are you working on another book in this series?

No, not at the moment.

Q. Are you influenced/inspired by any particular authors?

Roald Dahl, Madeleine L’Engle, J.K. Rowling, Kate DiCamillo, and many others.

Q. What drew you into writing a middle grade series?

The middle-grade space made the most sense for the story I wanted to tell, and it was a natural fit for me as a writer. When I was a tween, reading played a huge role in shaping who I was becoming and the way I saw the world. When I write for that age group, I think I return to that place.

Q. Are you a full time author?

No, I also work at a restaurant that my husband owns in our neighborhood.

Q. Do you have advice for aspiring authors?

Pay attention to your life, and experience it as fully as you can. Learn from your experiences, hardships, and relationships. Let your heart grow from them. The things that are most familiar to you have the power to give you the unique perspective that no one else in the world can ever have. Be honest, and be brave!

Q. Disney Hyperion is a pretty big publishing house. Was it easy or hard to get your book published by them?

When my agent took Eden’s Wish out to publishers several years ago, my editor-to-be at Disney was eager to work together on it, and I thought it was a great place for the book to be. I’ve had a wonderful experience working with them, so I’m grateful for the way it came together!

THE GIVEAWAY!

One signed hardback copy of Edens Escape (Eden of the Lamp #2) is up for grabs. The giveaway is open to US/CA addresses only!

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A bit about the book:

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Eden’s Escape
(Eden of the Lamp #2)
By M. Tara Crowl
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Released: September 6, 2016

Eden’s new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who’s also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting–only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world’s leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp’s power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly’s plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and goes on the run. After her daring exit, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris–home to Electra’s headquarters. Left in a strange city with a price on her head (courtesy of scheming Brightly), Eden has to keep her wits about her. She dons a chic disguise and flits around Paris incognito, investigating Brightly Tech. Assisted by Pepper and her old adversary Bola, as well as some new friends, Eden embarks on a quest to retrieve the lamp and protect the secrets of the genie legacy.

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