The Book Blogger Love-a-Thon is an event hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, taking place on 21 and 22 February, 9am-9pm EST on both days. It's time dedicated to exploring the blogging community, leaving a comment or two, meeting new friends and fostering positivity among the bloggers of the community.
Mini-Challenge #5: High Five!
In this post I'll be sharing my current "high" fives – five things that are making me happy in the following categories! (I thought it was five things for each category but I just realised that Alexa meant one thing per category! Oh well, I already wrote out 5 things for each, so here you go.)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this (a personalised ARC, no less!) and it was so heartwarming and lovely and amazing.
- Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White: A really enjoyable standalone fantasy! Super fun and swoony.
- We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach: I read an eARC – this was searingly beautiful and sad and it almost made me cry. (I know, I know, things that are making me happy. WELL THIS BOOK WAS HEARTBREAKING BUT IT WAS SO GOOD IT MADE ME HAPPY TOO.) The writing was just gorgeous. It's coming out at the end of next month and you guys all need to grab a copy.
- The Flywheel by Erin Gough: This is such a sweet story about Del, a seventeen-year-old girl who is left to run her dad's café while her dad goes off to see the world. It's a lesbian love story and a coming-of-age tale set in Australia and it just came out at the beginning of this month!! MORE PEOPLE NEED TO BUY AND READ THIS.
- The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle: Coming out in July, this is seriously excellent. It's hard to talk about what it's about because it's so complex but it's a contemporary book with paranormal elements, and it's about family and secrets.
- Contemporary – I seem to be reading a lot of that at the moment!
- High fantasy.
- Urban fantasy.
- That sort of weird place in between historical fiction and contemporary – you know, when books are set in the 1980s or the 1990s. Some of my favourite books are set in this time. The Miseducation of Cameron Post especially, and I just read Tell the Wolves I'm Home which is set in the 1980s as well.
- Books which are just like - what kind of genre are you? Contemporary books with a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal twist. :D :D
- Malinda Lo: Her recent series on Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews is AMAZING and you all need to read it if you haven't already! I just love all her work on diversity in YA and also all her wonderful diverse books as well.
- Louise O'Neill: Oh my god her Twitter is HILARIOUS. She wrote basically my favourite book of 2014 (Only Ever Yours) or at least the one I can never stop thinking about.
- Victoria Schwab: In the run-up to the release of A Darker Shade of Magic, following her Twitter has been really great. Her excitement about the book release is so infectious. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK.
- Becky Albertalli: SHE SEEMS LIKE SUCH A WONDERFUL AND GENUINE PERSON. Please follow her on Twitter. She is the sweetest and I LOVED SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA I KNOW I ALREADY SAID THAT BUT I NEED TO SAY IT AGAIN.
- Kate Elliott: I have still yet to read any of her books (I REALLY NEED TO AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR COURT OF FIVES TO COME OUT) but seeing how fab she is on Twitter makes me really want to buy all her books and read them. Look at her great blog post on "Where should I start with your novels?"
- Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books: For hosting this Love-a-Thon and going around commenting on everybody's blogs! Thank you for all your hard work, Alexa. IT'S BEEN SO MUCH FUN.
- Meg @ Adrift on Vulcan: Meg makes me really happy with all her long thoughtful comments and her amazingly beautiful blog!
- Charlotte @ The Simple Tales: Thank you for all the love! YOU'RE SO FAB AND I LOVE YOUR DESIGN SKILLS.
- Cee @ The Novel Hermit: I've always secretly admired your blog from afar (now not so secretly and not from afar) and I'm so happy to finally get to know you through this! WATCHING YOU AND CHAR INTERACT ON TWITTER IS A DELIGHT
- EVERY BLOGGER TAKING PART IN THE LOVE-A-THON. You're all awesome and I will try to visit as many of your blogs as possible!
Bookish Merchandise / Book-Related Sites
- Nimoo on Etsy: Need a pretty case for your ereader? :D
- Cherryplumtree on Etsy: Another shop with really cute ereader cases! This one is based in England. :D
- THIS ENTIRE POST OF BOOKISH ART compiled by Jen @ Pop Goes the Reader: SO MANY BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF BOOK-RELATED ART. SOOOOO MANY. Look at all the pretty colours!! I want to own all of these.
- The website for A Darker Shade of Magic: Revealed at the beginning of this week, and it's made me EVEN MORE EXCITED FOR THE BOOK, if that is even possible. Look at all the wonderful pages for the different Londons!! IS BLACK LONDON TERRIFYINGLY INTRIGUING OR WHAT.
- Epic Reads: Loving all the fall cover reveals they did!