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!)

ANNA+Italian+Second

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

ANNA+Turkish

Turkish Edition

ANNA+Vietnamese

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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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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Current Collection
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Have You Seen This…(#1) {FOUND}

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You may have noticed that Brittany (The Book Addicts Guide) and I have recently started a new monthly page feature called Have You Seen This… It is a place where bloggers, readers and collectors can link up with hard to find books and ARCs(already released books) and let people know what you are looking for. You can find out everything you need to know for it HERE.

The Gist of it:

  • Both Brittany and I have set up pages on our blogs for this feature and that will be where each person will list which books they’re looking for. You can find a full list of all of the details and rules on this feature page!
  • In short, if you’re looking for a specific edition of a book, you either create a blog post or list on a page which book and edition you’re looking for, then fill out the linky on the feature’s page. Each linky will be live for a month. If you don’t find your book in that month, you WILL have to relink up each month.
  • The books you’re adding here should be the hard to find ones! Books you won’t find on any given book exchange/swap (think old ARCs, international editions, CDs/audiobooks, etc). If it’s a hardcover/paperback copy that you can actually buy from Amazon or B&N, the chances are better that someone owns that one and you may want to try more tradition swaps (like YA Book Exchange) to see if any are listed there. While we don’t mind “traditional” editions being listed here, please try to make somewhere like YA Book Exchange your first stop! The reason for this is that we will only being changing this linky out from month to month and it will be less traditional from regular swap websites. Trades will not be monitored and we will not be removing links once a trade has been made because we’re assuming these trades will be a BIT more difficult! (see below)
  • Each person is responsible for their own trade so Brittany and I will NOT be moderators of any trade being made. You will need to share some sort of contact information for someone to contact you if they have your book. It is up to both parties involved in the exchange to come up with the terms of the exchange.
  • These are just the basic essentials but you can find the full details and “rules” on the Have You Seen This… official page! (Please also note that this is NOT the place to ask for unreleased ARCs. There are places to do that but that is not the purpose of Have You Seen This!)

The reason this came about is that both of use have a series that we love and we are on the hunt for hard to find ARCs ourselves. Brittany has collected versions of both the Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer) and The Grisha trilogy (Leigh Bardugo) and she is on the hunt for one book. What am I looking for? You guessed it, a Stephanie Perkins book.

You all know I’m obsessed with Anna and the French Kiss. I have like 10 different versions of Anna, 5 versions of Lola and the Boy Next Door, and 5 versions of Isla and the Happily Ever After. Actually I was recently gifted the ARC for Isla and the Happily Ever After thanks to Gail at Ticket to Anywhere who previously gave me her Anna ARC for reading Harry Potter book one. What does this mean? It means I NEED a Lola and the Boy Next Door ARC to finish my collection.

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So this is me, asking and hoping, that one of you will have a copy and give mercy on my Anna loving soul. If by chance you do have a copy of the Lola and the Boy Next Door ARC and are willing to part with it, contact me so we can work something out. And I can make you forever my favorite.

Help me finish my collection…for now anyway. 😉

 

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*NOTE: LOLA HAS BEEN FOUND!

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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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Isla Is Coming: a Happily Ever After Readalong Wrap Up

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And that is a wrap kids! The Isla is Coming: a Happily Ever After readalong is complete and was a rousing success! On behalf of Jamie, Meg, Judith, Lindsey and myself we want to thank you all for playing along and posting on Twitter. It was truly remarkable to check in with the hashtag and see who was reading what and reactions to what they were reading. Whether it was a first time read or a reread, we all truly appreciate the effort.

And a huge thank you to the bloggers that made a place for us on their blogs while we did this 3 week tour. Your contributions helped make the tour what it was and we couldn’t have done it with out any of you. Your creativity and personal touches were truly a thing of beauty. If you haven’t checked out these fabulous bloggers, I highly recommend doing so.

Anna and the French Kiss
7/31 – Paper Riot (Anna Readalong Kick-Off)
8/01 – Novel Sounds
8/04 – The Book Addict’s Guide
8/05 – Alexa Loves Books
8/06 – A Bookish Sinister Kid

Lola and the Boy Next Door
8/07 – Cuddlebuggery (Lola Readalong Kick-Off)
8/07 –  GReads!
8/09 – Book Revels
8/12 –  Rather Be Reading
8/13 –  Finding Bliss in Books

Isla and the Happily Ever After
8/14 – The Perpetual Page-Turner (Isla Readalong Kick-Off)
8/15 – AndiABCs
8/18 – Writer of Wrongs
8/19 – Anna Reads
8/20 – Good Books and Good Wine

We also had a really succesful run with giveaways. Thanks to everyone that offered up your services and your unique talents and made one of a kind gifts for all the lovely readers that entered.

PSST…there are still 2 giveaways still happening over at Gillian and Jamie’s blogs! GO FORTH AND ENTER! HERE and HERE

And finally I will leave with some personal pictures I took. Thanks again for everyone that did anything to make this smooth and wonderful and my co-hosts Jamie, Judith, Meg and Lindsey. It was a lot of planning, but worth it in then end! XXOO

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