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:

collection2.0Thanks Stephanie for the newest addition!

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??)

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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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Quiet Books – From Favorite Authors

I was going to do today’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but we all know that is would just be a list of New Adult books and fantasy books because those are the things that were outside of my comfort zone until last year. So when I sat down to type up a post I got to thinking about a suggestion that Nicole Brinkley gave me on Twitter to talk about “Quiet Books”. I started to play with the idea in my head and though sure, I can come up with some books that aren’t talked about a lot. But then I really started to toy with the idea and realized that I have a ton of favorite books from favorite authors and I usually only dedicate my love to one of their books. I mean you all know I LOVE Anna and the French Kiss. But do you know that I heart Isla and the Happily Ever After almost as much? Probably not because I devout my time to Anna love.

So here is my list. 7 of my favorite authors, 7 of some of my favorite books that I don’t talk about, that I’m quiet on but still think they deserve all the love.

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: This book just made me feel things. It was the end yet it felt like a beginning and reminded me what I loved about reading YA and Stephanie Perkin. I still smile when I think about certain scenes and I will forever be grateful for this amazing companion series. You all know I love Anna and the French Kiss, but I truly love Isla and the Happily Ever After only a hair less.

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Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler: I don’t hear a lot of people talk about this book (myself included). Typically it is all about Twenty Boy Summer or The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. But Sarah wrote a fantastic book about cupcakes and ice skating and falling in love that I adored. Fair warning…you will want ALL THE CUPCAKES after.

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Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: I talk a lot about Breathe, Annie, Breathe. That book will always be special to me. It was the first time I BETA read, it was the first time my name was in a published books acknowledgments and the first time I was listed as a reviewer under Editorial Reviews on Amazon. But my love for Miranda started somewhere and it started with this gem Catching Jordan. The book was perfection and showed what girls can do. Plus Sam Henry was the first Kenneally boy I fell in love with.

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: I talk a lot about Open Road Summer (Matt Finch!!!!!!!!!!!) and When We Collided (I got to read an early early copy to be blurbed) but I don’t talk about Emery’s 2nd book The Start of Me and You as often and that is shameful because it is brilliant. It is beautiful and poignant and has that great friendship vibe that is a rare find in YA. Really I sometimes think I love it even more than Open Road Summer. It’s a book that should not be ignored.

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Something Real by Heather Demetrios: I read Heather’s second book, I’ll Meet You There, in August 2014 thanks to a giveaway win. I immediately fell in love with it. It was my kind of book and I loved the agony and heartache and the love in it. But I fell in love with another Heather book first and it was Something Real. A book that took the reality TV craze and made it into a great story and that gave us Patrick.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: Delirium is my all time favorite Lauren Oliver book. It is the perfect mix of dystopian contemporary. But before Delirium came Before I Fall and it is a fantastic book I don’t talk about enough. It’s a great mix of reality with a hint of sci-fi. I insanely loved it.

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Free to Fall by Lauren Miller: Okay, I love Lauren’s first book Parallel. It was smart and heartfelt and real. It brought my love for parallel life stories to the forefront. It’s a book that I think everyone should read. But her 2nd book Free to Fall is just as amazing. She took a current idea of technology and made it into a story that will keep you wonder and guessing and just make you think. I talk about Parallel often but I should give Free to Fall just as much love (as should you).

So there you have my 7 books that I should devout more love to because they are that good. Do you have any books like that? Have you read any I have mentioned?

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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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Pub Date #2

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Today is my turn to contribute to the fabulous feature, the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, where myself, Brittany, Estelle at Rather Be Reading and Maggie at Just a Couple More Pages are paring books and beer. Pretty perfect for a bunch of beer and book lovers if you ask me.

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I had a harder time with this month’s theme for Pub Date, Back to School. When I first read it I immeditaley thought an apple beer would be perfect. I personally have had a few that I love and thought, ‘awesome, I’ll get one of those and BAM, done’. It didn’t really work that way. I went to three, yes THREE, different liquor stores only to not be able to find an apple beer. And then I started to think about it. Really back to school is more than apple. It is wanting to hold on to summer for as long as you can. Here in Boston schools mostly go back after Labor Day weekend. Kids from elementary school to high school to college try to hold on to that last bit of summer before being forced back into  the real world. So on the Friday before Labor Day weekend I give you my “Back to School” Book and Beer pairing.

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The Beer
I decided to go with my new favorite beer of the summer, Hell or High Watermelon put out by 21st Amendment Brewery in San Fransisco. I found this beer around the 4th of July weekend at a local bar. Having had a watermelon beer before at Hingham Beer Works and not having been a fan I was skeptical of it. But I tried a taste of it and I fell in love. Like most beers the draft version had a more watermelon taste and I would say is more enjoyable than the can, but I still really liked the can. Hell or High Watermelon is a wheat ale so if you don’t like that you post likely won’t enjoy this beer. But I didn’t find it too over powering. And the alcohol content is under 5% so that also isn’t too bad. Honestly the saddest part about Hell or High Watermelon; it is only available from April to Setpember. I already can’t find more in the stores. Sigh. Other summer beers I love: Shocktop Lemon Shandy and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

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The Book(s)
Duh. Nothing says back to school to me more than Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins that all basically start right when school is about to start up again and where school plays a huge part in the story. There was no way in Hell (or High Watermelon) that I would not have used these three for my pairing. You know I love them, I have told you a million time, and if you still haven’t read them we can no longer be friends. Okay, okay, we can be friends, but things may be strained. Basically…GO READ THEM. 🙂

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And there you have my Pub Date. I will be hosting this lovely feature every few weeks and would love for you to stop by and share a pint with me…or at least tell me what you are currently enjoying. Make sure you follow along with Brittany, Estelle and Maggie too. You never know when you will find your new favorite beer.

*banner by Estelle’s sister
**Drink Responsibly!

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