Wrapping up April 2018 {where I ramble about #romanceclass & Infinity War}

With April being the second to the last month of my semester, things were a little crazy for the most part – but also tons of fun! As per usual, it was a month of academic requirements and deadlines, which, for the sake of not boring any of you, I won’t delve into in detail. Let’s just proceed to some of the highlights, yes? Yes!

Nothing made my day quite like returning to my dorm and discovering book mail, which, to my utmost pleasant surprise, happened a lot last April. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to take decent photos of all of them, so for now, let’s settle for a handful of half-assed shots, yes? (But I swear to all of you, I will make time to do a bookish photoshoot for all the books I’ve acquired so far this 2018!)


I received a gorgeous UK paperback of The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan from the lovely Val @ The Innocent Smiley because I won her giveaway on Twitter. I was overjoyed when she contacted me because this has been one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, and I can’t wait to finally read it!

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Chasing Mindy, by Carla de Guzman


Title: Chasing Mindy
Author: Carla de Guzman
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS.

Mindy and Javier are not friends, okay.

Despite their mothers’ matchmaking, they’ve managed to stay out of each other’s way. Until Mindy goes to Paris for a week, and her mother insists she meet up with Javier. He’s in Paris to study, really looking forward to see you, she says. Watch over each other.

No thanks. Javier is taciturn and boring, Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her eight siblings are brought up. It’s not a great combination.

But things start to look a little different under the Paris lights, and what felt like hate feels a lot closer to love.

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Review (and giveaway!) || The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maurene Goo


Title: The Way You Make Me Feel
Author: Maurene Goo
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

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#SHOSPH: Interview with Lee Blauersouth


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello, Lee! I am absolutely thrilled to have you on my blog today. Clearly, I’m very curious to know more about your (amazing!!!) debut novel, Secondhand Origin Stories. But before we get to that, let’s kick this interview off with a few questions about yourself. What are three quick facts about yourself that most of your readers might not know yet?

I’m weird about pain. I’ve ignored broken bones and I wasn’t upset when I once accidentally stabbed through my hand with a crafting knife, but I will whine all day if I have a sinus headache.

When I was younger I wanted to be an animator.

I decided who I wanted to marry in 7th grade and never changed my mind. We started dating when I was 19, and now we’ve been married almost 10 years! My wife is also my editor!

I’ve heard that you’re fond of comic books and cartoons. What would you recommend – maybe you can give us two or three of each?

Cartoons: Steven Universe, My Hero Academia, The Prince of Egypt

Comics: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal, Hawkeye, A Bride’s Story

If you could be genetically altered into a superhero, what superpowers would you want to receive and why?

The superpower I most want in the world actually isn’t genetic- it’s Allspeak- ala Thor. The ability to speak, read and understand any language. I get by in life mostly via being able to talk my way into and out of things, so language barriers are a real drag.

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Review || Secondhand Origin Stories, by Lee Blauersouth


Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.

But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?

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Giveaway! The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb


Hello, everyone! If you follow me via @bookshelfbitch on Twitter, then you probably encountered my tweet where I mentioned that once I reach either 1,500 Twitter followers or 4,000 blog followers – yes, I realize that I am being a rather ambitious bitch – I will conduct the biggest giveaway I’ve ever done on this blog.

However, I’ve been the recipient of a lot of love from the book blogging community, and I just feel an inexplicable desire to share the same love and joy with fellow book lovers – if that makes sense. Or maybe I really just don’t have any type of patience at all. Who knows?

Regardless, it being World Book Day today has given me the last push to convince myself that hey, a smaller giveaway is just as great, yes? At least for now, I mean. Besides, today seems as good of a day as any!

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9 reasons reading Secondhand Origin Stories (by Lee Blauersouth) should be on your priorities

Hey there, readers*!

* Assuming that I have any, and if that’s the case, further assuming that you’re not yet totally sick of the blog tours I’ve been organizing. But, to be fair, it’s not my fault that there are tons of books out there that deserve more attention and love! [End of digressing]

If you’ve cared enough to peruse through my tweets, then you should be more than familiar with the book featured in the #SHOSPH blog tour – largely because I’ve been babbling about how much I adored it. Now, in the marginally tiny chance you’re completely unaware of what particular book I’m referring to, allow me to provide more details:

Last March 15th, Lee Blauersouth released their debut novel, Secondhand Origin Stories – or perhaps more helpfully, the latest book I’ve been obsessing over. By some miracle, luck was on my side and I was given the incredible opportunity to organize a blog tour for Secondhand Origin Stories, which was an endeavor I took very seriously. If there’s anything you need to know about me, my dear readers, it’s that I actively champion for what I believe in, especially when it comes to books. And I believe [Aang can save the world] that Secondhand Origin Stories is a brilliant, relevant novel you need to get your hands on!

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