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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Top Ten Tuesday – Reading Wishlist

I am a sucker for a handful of topics in YA/NA/Romances. If you tell me a certain topic is in a book I am like 99.9% likely to read it. I can’t help it, these topics are my kryptonite and I think there needs to more books that include these 10 different topics:

 

Fake Relationship – I love the use of a fake relationship that inevitably will turn into more because it is so hard to keep the lines blurred. These people think they are going into it with their eyes wide open and yet they have no idea what they are in for.

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Best Friend’s Brother – This is like one of my all time favorite book topics. It usually ends badly where the friend is mad because they aren’t told ahead of time and all hell breaks lose, but it is still the best. There is always this fun flirt factor and it just makes me so happy.

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Brother’s Best Friend – Another one that goes terribly wrong because brothers always have to take care of their sister and hate it when they start dating one of their friends. But it makes me so happy to read.

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Friendship to Love – This is 100% a must read for me and about 95% of the books I do read. There is just something so endearing about watching two friends fall for each other. They could know each other their whole lives or they could have become new friends and find more under the surface.

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Sports Romance – I know there are a ton out there, but I’m ALWAYS looking for more. There is nothing I love more than a “macho” sports guy turning into a puddle when he meets the person of his dreams.

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Strong Female Friendships – I feel like this one is severely lacking in YA. In real life females have strong friendships. There is not always a frienemy. Sometimes girls are just really good friends that support each other. I really need this to show up more.

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Study Abroad – Duh. You all know my favorite book. Of course I’m going to like these kinds of books.

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Parallel Life – Another duh. You know how I feel about these types of books. I did a whole series of blog posts on it once. Give me all the parallel life stories!

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Hot Dads – This is a new thing I have come across that I think YA books need more of. I just read a book (it is the example book) that I was completely in love with the dad which was new for me. I need more of this in my books.

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Time Travel Books – I love a good time travel book. And if it is done right you aren’t left wondering what is going on. I need more of these in my life.

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Are any of these of your reading wishlist? Do you have any suggestions for books in these topics?

*Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish

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Speed Reading. That’s what I’m Talking About today.

Last Monday – Wednesday I did something I have never done before. I read a 700 page fantasy book, A Court of Wings and Ruin, in under 3 days. Typically I take DAYS/WEEKS to read a fantasy book that is that long. I mean I think it took me 3 weeks to finish A Court of Mist and Fury just last May. I never read them that fast because I usually need to take my time and get back in the setting. But there were two reasons I read it so quickly. First I am co-moderating Sarah Maas’ signing this Wednesday so I had to be prepared. Second:

I was in a rush to read it for fear of being spoiled.

I felt like I was in a race to finish ACOWAR so I wouldn’t be spoiled by someone that finished it before me. The truth is, we all look at spoilers differently. I know saying well this is what happens is 100% a spoiler. But there are also other spoilers out there. Like if I know you LOVED books 1 and 2 and then I see you rated the book a 3 then I’m gonna have been spoiled somehow because I know you would never give a 3 in that series unless something went terribly wrong (note: I still haven’t rated ACOWAR and I won’t until it is out for 2 weeks). I also know if you post a Goodreads update saying you are angry on a certain page that I will know something is coming that I shouldn’t know is coming. This is why I was speed reading my way through ACOWAR and it took me less than 48 hours, from start to finish, to read the whole book.

That’s the problem with being so “connected”, we all live in fear of someone ruining something for us. We race others so we can get through without knowing. It is exhausting to not be spoiled when there is an easier answer. Just do one thing…

 

Have you ever felt like you were racing others to finish a book just so you weren’t spoiled? What do you consider a spoiler?

 

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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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Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 20: 15 Cards in 30 Days

In April I challenged myself to make 15 cards in 30 days. I knew I would be able to do it if I had the time and I was pleasantly surprised when I surpassed my goal. In total I made 23 cards (I can’t share some as they haven’t been given to the people that they were going to). I’m really happy with what I accomplished and if you would like to see all the cards you can on my card Instagram, but today I thought I would share some of my favorites:

Main Stamp: Unity Stamp Company

Main Stamp: Altenew

Main Stamp: The Ton Stamps

Main Stamp: Altenew 1|2

Main Stamp: Hero Arts

Main Stamp: Concord & 9th

Do you have a favorite?

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