Book a Date with April from Between the Pages

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? April from Between the Pages.

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Hi Guys! Super excited to get to join everyone for Book a Date! I was trying to decide whether to gush about a book I’m excited for or my trip to New York in June to celebrate my birthday and see Hamilton. SO I decided to go with Hamilton!

My sister and I got a notification that there was a chance to get tickets for Hamilton over the summer. So I decided to see if there were any tickets around my birthday, June 19th. Unfortunately they don’t do performances on Monday’s, so we opted to look for the 18th instead, and we actually got tickets.

To say we were excited is an understatement. So our planning began. We decided to spend 2 full days in New York to celebrate my birthday, Sunday we see Hamilton, Monday we go to Madame Tussauds and take a Twilight Boat tour around Manhattan. Both things I’ve never done on the many other trips I’ve taken to NY.  As much as I am looking forward to seeing the Wax figures and the bright lights of the NY skyline at night….I’m way more excited to get to see Hamilton, but shhhhh don’t tell my sister.

So that is my Book a Date, my upcoming trip June 17-20th to New York to see Hamilton.   I’ll leave you with just one more GIF:

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Thanks April for Booking a Date!

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Book a Date with Kim from Book Munchies

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Kim from Book Munchies.

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Hi guys!! I’m so excited to join you for Book a Date because I’m Capital “O” – Obsessed with Your Name aka Kimi no Na Wa. It’s a Japanese anime film directed by Makoto Shinkai, who also directed 5 Centimeters Per Second.

Your Name is about when the day the stars fell and two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more—a chance to finally meet. But try as they might, something more daunting than distance prevents them. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated?

Here’s the English dubbed trailer for your viewing pleasure:

This movie actually came out in Japan in 2016, but only just hit theaters in the USA in the last month (April 2017). It was the anime movie of last year, according to the numbers, and the fervor isn’t dying down. Which is completely understandable because the film was meticulously & beautifully drawn and the story is a well thought out delight. I’m even obsessing over the soundtrack, which luckily is on Google Play Music for me to put on repeat. (Go check it out! Look for “Your Name” and “Radwimps”. They have English and Japanese versions of the songs!)

I can’t wait for this to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray so I can own it and watch it over and over again. (And force friends to watch with me, because everyone needs to see this movie!) There’s been announcements that Amazon UK listed the release for October 2017, so I’m hoping Amazon US will do something similar. Fingers crossed, everyone will be able to get their own copy by the end of 2017!

As a bonus, here’s a video of the Japanese Mitsuha voice actress covering one of the songs from the soundtrack!

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Thanks Kim for Booking a Date!

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Book a Date with Me…AGAIN

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Well this week you get me. There was a problem with the person scheduled to go so I had to do one on the fly.

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The last time I booked a date, a measly 2 weeks ago I think, I talked about my trip to NYC for BookCon weekend. What am I booking a date for this time?

Book a Date with Me…AGAINA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: May 2nd 2017
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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

It is finally almost here! Tuesday, May 2nd, the day when I will be dodging Goodreads and my Twitter feed and all things that have the potential to spoil me on my loves Feyre and Rhysand! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this book. I mean the A Court of Thorns and Roses series may be one of my all time favorite series ever! It is so much in fact a favorite that I am reading A Court of Mist and Fury for the 2nd time…THIS YEAR. Yup, reading a 629 page book two times in one year and all before May. I just can;t get enough. I have the Kindle copy preordered and a hardcover preordered. I’ll be getting the audio when it is available, and I will be getting another copy signed when I get to co-moderate Sarah Maas’ signing when she is in MA on May 10th.

Yup, you read that right, I’m co-moderating, with Sarah from What Sarah Read, Sarah’s signing when she comes to the Burlington, MA Barnes and Noble. This will be my second time moderating for Sarah Maas and let me tell you I am even more of a fan girl now so this shall be interesting.

All I know is I’m booking my date for May 2nd and A Court of Wings and Ruin and you should too!

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Book a Date with Tiff from Mostly YA Lit

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Tiff from Mostly YA Lit.

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Hi guys, I’m excited to tell you all about my Book a Date – which kind of ties into Andi’s date from a few weeks ago. Andi talked about her upcoming trip to New York with Gail from Ticket to Anywhere…but it never would have happened without MY Book a Date (Ha, Andi, did you even know this?!).

A few years ago, I heard inklings that there might be a musical made from the 1997 Fox animated movie Anastasia.

Anastasia has the distinction of being one of the most underrated animated movies I’ve ever seen (and I’m not the only one who thinks this). It has an incredible soundtrack, an interesting story (very loosely based on the Romanovs of Imperial Russia), and one of the best hate-to-love romances ever. I loved it when I was an early teen, and I’m not ashamed to say that I sing all of the songs whenever I’m at karaoke.

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Late last year, I heard that the musical was being brought to Broadway! I immediately asked around to see who was interested in going. Answer? Tons of people. But the one who was most interested was Gail.

And we were both even more intensely interested when we saw this preview of stars Christy Altomare and Derek Klena singing some of the songs.

So when I found out I got a media pass to Book Expo America in New York, I immediately contacted Gail and discussed the possibility of going to see it during that week. Gail made it a weekend and invited Andi. And now I get to see two of my fave bloggers in one of my favorite cities.

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And of course, just as exciting, I get to see this production of Anastasia on Broadway in its initial run on June 2nd. I’ve heard that they’ve updated the story (thank goodness they’re actually giving weight to the Russian revolution), and I’m excited to see that. There are new songs and new characters. I really feel like this is going to be better than the movie I loved as a child, and I can’t wait to see one of my favorite stories come to life in a bigger, better way.

So tell me: Have you guys seen Anastasia the movie? Would you be interested in seeing the musical? Would you book this date?

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Thanks Tiff for Booking a Date!

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Book a Date – Lauren from Bookmark Lit

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date first? Lauren from Bookmark Lit

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to be the first official guest on Andi’s new Book a Date feature! I feel like I’m always counting down the days until something, so it was actually kind of hard to choose what I wanted to highlight! There’s a Lego convention in May, big live events in late June, summer weather that leads to reading outside on the porch and going for hikes… seriously, so many things! I decided to go with…

The month of September!

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So yes, clearly I didn’t narrow it down too much. September is my favorite month of the year for a whole litany of reasons. I love fall in general because the weather is perfect, I can still enjoy coffee on the porch in the morning without being too cold, and all of the other reasons below!


Football Season

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The number one reason I love September is because it’s the real, official start of football season. If you know anything about me, you probably know how absolutely obsessive I am about football (and the Carolina Panthers in particular). The whole year can be football season if you try hard enough! I mark free agency, the draft, OTAs, training camp, and preseason on my calendar just to count down one event closer to the biggest one: the first game and weekend of the season. This kicks off September in the best way possible, usually within a few days of my birthday. This season is particularly special because my team has a lot to prove. After a nearly perfect 2015 season and a very disappointing 2016 season, everyone is wondering if they can get back into a better rhythm. On top of that, two of my all-time favorite players are returning to the team – Julius Peppers and Captain Munnerlyn. Peppers is particularly special for me and the team because the Panthers drafted him in 2002. He spent his high school, college, and early pro football years in the Carolinas; it’s home for him. He’s a very experienced player who likely has 1-2 years left, but this ensures he’ll retire a Panther (as he should). I’m SO EXCITED to break out my original #90 jersey to wear because he’s taking his old number back.

My Birthday

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As I mentioned, football season usually starts within a few days of my birthday – September 9th. I’m a huge fan of my birthday even as I get older. It’s a weird one this year because I’ll be 26, officially off my parents’ insurance, and forced into my LATE twenties. (I know this is nothing to complain about, but it still feels weird to me!) I usually will go out to dinner with my boyfriend and friends, plus spend the rest of the week celebrating with my family members. I’ll have probably 3-4 birthday dinners and events if I play my cards right 😉 Above you can see the Dave & Busters night with two of my best friends and the birthday pizza I NEEDED last year. I mean, I always need pizza though…

My Anniversary

Chris and I celebrate our 5th anniversary this year on September 16th. It’s really insane to think we’ve been together for so long! It was right after my 21st birthday that he officially ~asked me out~ in front of a lady’s buttrcack at the Big E (a huge fair in Massachusetts). The first few years, we would celebrate our anniversary by going back to the Big E and getting fair food. The last two, however, we decided to keep it low-key and go to the sushi restaurant where we had our first date. I like doing something somewhat sentimental, but we’re not fancy people and don’t care about doing anything crazy. We always talk about how we should take a trip or something instead. We’ll see what this year brings for activities! We aren’t going to be home in Connecticut for our anniversary regardless so I hope there will be a new tradition to help us celebrate.

Fall Weather and Activities

I’m a huge pumpkin fan. The pie, the coffee/lattes, the activities (like picking them in a patch)… you name it, I love it. We always make it a point to participate in New England-esque activities in the fall. Above, you can see pictures from our last autumn together. We went pumpkin picking before Halloween and then spent the rest of the season going on beautiful hikes. We only recently started getting into hiking and totally regret that we started late in the fall season. I hope we can kick it off throughout the summer (weather and heat pending!) but it’s always nicer in the falltime when the leaves are changing. I’m hoping to do apple picking this year as well. We live in the best region for these activities! I love the flannel shirts and cozy sweaters so much.

Fair Season

I talked a little about the Big E above. It’s a huuuuuge fair that comes around in Mass in September and goes through October. Chris and I love hitting up new fairs across Connecticut each September. There are a few each weekend and everything is only a couple of hours away from us (at most). I love fair food, especially mini donuts and sausage and pepper sandwiches. We usually don’t do anything except eat and MAYBE go on the ferris wheel. We tried out two new fairs last year and I hope we can continue with exploring new events around us in September 2017 too. I apparently never take photos at fairs because I had to go back to 2013 to find these, but you get the idea. Mini donuts for life.


That’s it for me! As you can tell, I love the beginning of fall and all of the activities that start in September. I love October too for Chris’s birthday and the beginning of listening to Christmas music (yep, I start listening on Halloween). I’m really just a big fan of the second half of the year. The weather is nicer without being too hot, I get to do the outdoor things I enjoy, and Christmas is right around the corner. I know it’s barely April, but I can’t wait for September!

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I can’t resist putting another Panthers gif on Andi’s blog 🙂

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Panthers gifs aside, thanks Lauren for Booking a Date!

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