Eventbrite: Dream Author Panel

Eventbrite is “the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events”. They were working on a project and it was right up my alley. It isn’t often that you get to create your dream panel. It’s true I have been lucky enough to meet many of my favorite authors, but you always just have those dream authors you would give anything to have in a room together. Well now is my chance to plan it:

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Lauren Miller (Parallel)
Why she is on the panel: Lauren’s book deals with how our choices effect everything in our lives. How if we decided to go somewhere an hour later we could end up on a totally different path. Although the book is not what most would consider ‘realistic contemporary’ it kind of s because it shows you what path a person can end up on if they make a different choice.

Sarah Ockler (Twenty Boy Summer)
Why she is on the panel: Sarah’s book is about getting what you want and then losing it and having to deal with that loss. How to do move on when no one know you even need to? How do you let go of all the what-ifs and not feel like you are betraying the one that left you behind?

Sarvenaz Tash (The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love)
Why she is on the panel: Sarvenaz’s book 100% deals with reality, the reality that things just don’t always go the way you want them to. You don’t always get the boy/girl. You don’t always get the win. You don’t always get the hard to find tickets. But you do always get the chance to continue on and try again.

Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss)
Why is she on the panel: Besides the fact that her book is my all time favorite book ever, Anna is about opportunities and doing things out of your comfort zone and surviving. It’s about seeing what you are made of when the choice is out of your hands and coming out on top.

Suzanne Young (All in Pieces)
Why is she on the panel: Suzanne’s newest book is so much about real life and how hard it is that there is no way this panel would exist without her. All in Pieces deals with the struggles that people face everyday and the decisions they have to make because of them. It is about how one person can take on so much responsibility and not want to let anyone in because she has been burned before.

So there you have it, my dream panel! Is there anyone on it that you would want to come and see?

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Collection or Obsession: Anna and the French Kiss

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I don’t know if you guys know this, but I love Anna and the French Kiss. I know right? SHOCKING. I like never talk about that book and I like hardly read it…oh wait, never mind. You would have to never have read my blog, spoken to me, read my tweets or looked at my Goodreads to know that I love that book. I say it all the time that it is just a book that makes me feel good. It makes me happy and it makes me feel like I have just been given a huge hug.

Somewhere along the line my love of this book has grown into a collection of epic proportions. It started innocently enough when I just wanted to get all the ARCs, matching paper back and matching hardcovers. When word got out about that then I started getting gifted foreign editions. When word got out about that Stephanie Perkins made the happiest Anna fan there is and started to send me foreign editions THAT ARE SIGNED! I mean what is this life??

Yesterday I was looking at my updated collection:

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I realized that I am missing some books to really make this collection a thing of beauty. I still need a few to fill some holes and there are some foreign editions that I am dying to get my hands on. So I made a list. What is that list you say? Well I’m happy you asked:

First and formost I need the UK Lola and the Boy Next Door. Do I collect Lola and Isla? Not really. But I have the UK of the other two so I need Lola to fill that gap. Also I need a new hardcover of the US Anna. I lent it to someone and it was never returned so I need to replace that.

Okay, on to what you really want to see, the foreign edition:

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1st Cover, German Edition (I have the 2nd cover but I LOVE the first so much!)

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2nd Cover, Italian Edition (I have the 1st (thanks Steph!) but I really want this one too.)

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Turkish Edition

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Vietnamese Edition (would you look at that cover??)

ANNA+Indonesian

Indonesia Edition: This one is my unicorn. I have wanted this one for over a year and it just hasn’t happened.

Will I ever find these? I don’t know. But I do know that I need them.

So I ask you, collection or obsession?

*all foreign edition covers were located on Stephanie Perkins’ blog and not not belong to me.

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Queen of Shadows Release Day Blitz

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I am so excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656
Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram| Goodreads

1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only. Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

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Helen’s Jewels…a Review

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Helen’s Jewels is an online jewelry site that sells a variety of different jewelry pieces. They have everything from necklaces to earrings to rings to pendents. Helen’s Jewels though does more than just sell jewelry. Every sale sends a percentage to a Non-Profit organization to help raise awareness of healthy living. Find out more HERE.

What does this have to do with Andi’s ABCs I’m sure you are all asking. Well about a month ago I was contacted by Helen with an offer of a collaboration. Having looked over the pieces and more about the company I was happy to help. Helen had me selected a handful of piece which she so kindly sent me to wear and review for all of my lovely readers.

Since this is mainly a book blog I decided to add a book spin to the 4 pieces I got by pairing them with the main character of a book that I think would wear the item.

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I’m not one to wear a lot of silver on a normal basis, but when I saw this item on Helen’s Jewels I knew I had to see it. It is fun and sparkly but not too much. It has a heavy feel to it as it is hematite which is a tab heavier of a metal. I has small wrists so sometimes bracelet fit is a struggle but I didn’t have any trouble with this one. And I found the product very comfortable.

When pairing a book with it I had to go with my girl Reagan from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. The sparkle and spikes just seemed like something she would wear. It was girly enough but had that edge that we all know and love about Reagan.

Verdict: A piece I’m happy to have in my jewelry box.

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Gold Hammered Stud Earrings
I used to wear earrings a lot more than I have been so when I saw these I figured it would be the perfect time to start wearing them again. What I liked about these is the hammered look to the gold. Even though they are a pretty simple piece that gave them a little more interest than gold gold would have. Also I liked that they weren’t too heavy or too big on my earlobes.

For a book I had to go with Isla from Isla and the Happily Every After by Stephanie Perkins. Isla is a classic girl by nature. She likes roses and simple things. Her most extravagant jewelry item is her compass necklace. When I saw these I could 100% see her wearing these on a date with Josh or even just for the school year.

Verdict: I’ll be wearing earrings more.

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Aged Gold Multi Feather Necklace
I love a good long necklace. I like pairing them with simple, classic dresses so I was excited when I got this one. I loved the feather detail too it mixed with the beads and the extra long chain. The feathers are made of a really light material. Probably not the longest lasting of necklace material but it wasn’t heavy so that was a plus. The only downside was that it was loud. It made a lot of noise when I walked because of the material and the length of the chain.

I pictured Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson for this necklace. I’m not really sure why but to me it seemed like something she would have liked to own and would wear.

Verdict: If it wasn’t so loud I would wear it more often.

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Gold Variety Charm Bangle Bracelet
Alex and Ani bracelets are my go to for arm wear. When I saw this one on Helen’s site I loved it. I knew it would fit right in with my Alex and Ani’s and it did. It is lighter than the Alex and Ani’s and makes extra noise because of this, but it still was a great fit and I liked it a lot. The turquoise charm was a nice pop of color too.

As for the character, it was one person and one person only that I could think of for this bracelet, Elyse for The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. The flower charm and the turquoise are really what stood out for me for Elyse to wear this. It has a laid back beach vibe and that is exactly what I got when I read Elyse. This would definitely be something that would adorn her arm for sure.

Verdict: My favorite of the 4.

I would like to thank Helen for this opportunity and for sending me these lovely pieces to review for all of you. Helen has so kindly offered to give my readers 20% off their first purchase on her site. If you are interested please use the code FIRSTBUY20

Here are two of the items I got worn in real life.

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*pieces provided by Helen’s Jewels but opinions are my own.

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Book Collecting

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When I started reading I never planned to be a collector. I had always loved the books I have kept, but I didn’t have multiply copies of the same book. One was enough and it starts that way for a while. And then Anna and the French Kiss happened.

It started out simple enough. I had the original Anna and the French Kiss hardcover and the original Lola and the Boy Next Door hardcover. Then I did a book exchange and got an original paperback of ANNA with the rugged edges (awesome by the way!). Perfect. I just needed Isla and the Happily Ever After and I would be done. Um, not so fast. The publisher through a wrench into my plan. The covers that looked like this:

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were changing to look like this:

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Well  this could not be. I needed my favorite “series” (they are all companions to each other in case you haven’t read them. If that is the case what are you doing reading my blog post? GO AND GET THE BOOKS!!!) to match. Okay, not too bad. I would have to buy the hardcover of ISLA because I couldn’t wait for that to come out in paperback to read, but I could easily buy all 3 in paperback in a year.

And then this arrived.

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My kind, kind friend Julie read ANNA because I told her to and knew how much I loved the book and Stephanie Perkins so she got me my own personalized signed copy. I know! I’m still so blown away by this. So now I had the paperback of ANNA and the preorder of ISLA to get this:

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(I mean how AMAZING is that bag??!!) But I also had a preorder from Amazon so I would have the book day of its release. And since I had that coming I figured I should get the paperback of LOLA to. So my stack of Perkins’ books looked like this.

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Not too shabby. Signed ANNA and ISLA (thanks to Ginger! XXOO), my original copies and the LOLA with a new cover. I so should have been done there. Obviously you don’t know me.

I started to look at foreign editions.

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I bought the UK ISLA so it would *kind of* fit in with my other paperbacks as a place holder. Then I saw the German ANNA on The Book Depository and needed that too because um, NEW COVER. Again, should have been done. NOPE!

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I needed the ARCs too! Which thanks to Gail (ANNA and ISLA) and Robin (LOLA) I was able to get. And the pretty French version which the sweet Alexa gifted me. Not to mention the new hardcovers of ANNA and LOLA to match the party. PHEW. Done right?

Not so fast.

Don’t forget the audios and eBooks I have (NOOK ANNA not shown).

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And then the best thing happened! The sweet Stephanie Perkins saw a picture of my epic collection and my love of foreign editions and sent me 6 signed foreign versions of ANNA with a kindness I can’t describe.

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Bulgaria, Tawain, Lithuania, Portugal, UK, Hungary

The questions remains…am I a book collector?

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