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A Day in the Life (2)

Hey y'all!It's Grace, and I've had a crazy busy week. I was really excited because this week I could actually blog a bit more (even if it was only an In My Mailbox and a Top Ten Tuesday) because my schedule is starting to get regulated. I'm starting to get a feel for when I'll have time to blog and when I should schedule a post, etc,. I haven't been able to read as much as usual but I still have some EXCELLENT books to gush about on the blog for now! I’d love to hear feedback in the comments below, or you can tweet me about it!The Books:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - The book that I just finished was incredible. Alice in Zombieland was spunky, sinister, and electrifying. I highly recommend it if you love zombie books! It's a fresh concept in a great voice! My only issue with it was that there wasn't as much Alice in Wonderland as I thought there would be. The only reference that I saw to Alice in Wonderland was the white rabbit. But it was still an excellent book and I'm really happy about it. I love the clever tagline too. "Off with their heads"? So clever.

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull - This book drew me in by its amazing cover at BEA and I'm so excited to read it! I've heard that it's really great and it gives off a really Wildwood vibe. It's also about sisters and seems like such a fantastic read. With a cozy feel, a plot revolving around sisters, it seems like the perfect book to curl up with and go on an adventure with! It seems like the perfect book to usher in the fall! I'm going to read it as soon as possible!

The Life:

With Homecoming around the corner and people itching to meet everybody, it's been chaotic and stressful. I've been working pretty hard not academically (although that's challenging too!) but socially. I'm loving everybody and really can't wait to experience everything! I'm also itching for fall (hot cocoa and vivid leaves), Halloween (Disney Channel movies and trick-or-treating, anybody?), and Homecoming! With cute proposals occurring at almost every lunch, girls freaking out over before-parties, and dress mania, it's Homecoming fever! I'm doing pretty well, I think. I've been getting really stressed and anxious over everything recently and it's stressing me out stressing out over the little things. I try to get myself to stop, but I can't! I've been overthinking everything and I'm starting to miss the full immersion in the book blogging world. I miss being able to Tweet with everybody all the time and I hate being away from it so much. On the bright side, my high school wants to put me and my blog on the Talents page of our yearbook! My life is pretty good right now but it's been really stressful. To keep up with my personal life, you can also read rants, musings, and recaps on my personal blog. The password is the last name of my favorite author (found on my About Me page above)!

The Posts:

I'm really proud of my review of Origin by Jessica Khoury that I posted last week. Lush, evocative settings and pulse-pounding action (and romance) make this a must read!

I received a signed copy of Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr in my mailbox last week from HarperTeen.

I wrote a blog post on the Top Ten Bookish People I'd Like to Meet, including people like John Green, J.K. Rowling, Sarah LaPolla, and more.

The News:

My high school's yearbook may put me and my blog on the Talents page of the yearbook! I'm so excited! A lot of people have been asking me about my blog and I'm going to put a little stack of business cards at the front desk at my high school's library so I'm really excited!

I've got some really interesting and exciting emails recently from people that I'm ecstatic to be working with! Sometimes when I'm having a bad day, I love just getting emails and comments that remind  me of why I blog in the first place.

I may be contributing to a fantastic blog run by one of my good friends, Vy! She asked me for tips on blogging during the school year and (although I suck at it), I'm going to share some tips with her readers on her blog! Check her blog out here.


If y'all could just take a second to pray for Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, who was recently attacked by a disgruntled writer, it would be much appreciated. A literary agent and a WONDERFUL blogger and person, according to the Huffington Post, she was hurt by an author who had been emailing her messages after her rejection of his query. Luckily, she's in good condition now, but it's scary and horrifying to think that somebody could do this. Please just keep her in your prayers!

Thank y'all so much for your patience while I get my blog posts regular again! I really appreciate it and hope y'all are having a fantastic week!Love y'all!Grace

A Day in the Life (1)

Hey y'all! I've been debating doing this post for a while and today I decided to go for it. One of the problems with going to school is that I usually end up scheduling most of my posts and not being able to promote them as much as I want, or tweet about bookish news and other things that I find interesting. I've been missing that. I was actually inspired to do this by Reut's Weekly Watchamacallit where she gives a general update about her books and her life. I'd love to hear feedback in the comments below, or you can tweet me about it!The Books:I'm currently in the middle of Rift by Andrea Cremer. I've read about a hundred pages of it so far and I'm really enjoying it. I also have an "Independent Reading Day" in my Semantics & Logic class tomorrow so I get to read for an hour during school!

I just finished Origin by Jessica Khoury. The beautiful writing, strange and bewildering setting (which I loved!), and a plot that had me biting my nails and fighting back tears, I was spellbound by this. A review will be coming soon and it will be extremely positive!


The Life:I started high school last week and I've been really bogged down with social engagements, projects, and of course, homework. I've been meeting a lot of new people that I adore (and a ton that I really want to be friends with!), I started dance class last week, and life is overall pretty good. The Republican National Convention is taking place in Tampa (please, no political comments! I'm sorry, but this is a book blog and I'm fourteen so I really don't enjoy them nor do I think that they're necessary) so it's a little difficult what with traffic and whatnot, but this week has been pretty great! My friend Mary Olive actually sang at the convention because she's an incredible singer! I just got back from pas de deux class at my dance studio and am about to finish up my homework! In other news, I also just really want The Vampire Diaries to come back on TV.The Posts:I recently posted a school paper that I wrote on the blog on the prompt of whether or not I think that Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie could become a classic. While I enjoyed the book, I don't think that it would last (especially with books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower out there!) and wrote a paper stating my reasons why it would not become one. This is not a negative review by any means (I may review it later in a mini-reviews post) but a school paper. Please keep that in mind if you read it.I wrote a mini-reviews post including Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, The White Glove War by Katie Crouch, and Speechless by Hannah Harrington!Last week was Alexandra Adornetto week on my blog! This included my review of Heaven and a giveaway! It was also supposed to include an interview with the lovely Alexandra Adornetto but unfortunately she was not able to respond in time. As soon as she does, I'll post it. She's such an inspiration and I'm so happy that I got to honor her! As a reminder, my giveaway of the entire Halo series ends at 11:59 tomorrow night. It's really easy to enter and I don't have that many entries!The News:I have had several extremely exciting blog developments that I'm so excited to talk to y'all about!First of all, I received an email from Jen Calonita who is going to be participating with a guest post about her closest experience to cotillion life relating to her Belles series.I hit 2000 subscribers (thank you guys! I love you all - I'm so blessed to be supported while I follow my passion!) and have been getting a lot more coverage recently. A ton of people at my new school have been asking me about it and I am so excited!I may be going down to Miami in October for a week for a book blogging event at Books & Books! My aunt works there and she just got married. Her reception was at Books & Books and her cake was in the shape of a book! Anyways, while my mom was down there for the wedding, she was talking to the owner and (he or she, I can't remember) told her about it! I'm so excited, especially since a ton of incredible bloggers live near there!My request for Touching the Surface by the FANTASTIC, FABULOUS, absolutely PHENOMENAL author and person Kimberly Sabatini was approved! I should be getting it in the mail any day now!I have several other things that I'm not sure whether I can tell you about yet but I'll hint. One involves the author of a book releasing this fall from Scholastic and a really unique opportunity. The other involves a really well-known author of a really intense and beautifully written series that I would never have expected to be doing this secret something. And it also involves me doing this secret something with her. I'll announce it as soon as I get more details and it is absolutely positively finalized. But one last hint: it's the second book in the series that is releasing this fall. I'm sorry I can't tell you more but I am so excited! This is probably going to be the highlight of my fall!Other:In the book blogging world, there have been some fantastic posts and opportunities. The two that I'm going to spotlight today are things that I read and mulled over today.The first is Gretchen McNeil's Army of TenAfter hearing that Ten wouldn't be stocked in Barnes & Noble, Gretchen launched her own marketing idea. It's genius, and I love Gretchen (I met her at BEA and she is one of the funniest people I've ever met!) so I am so happy that she took the initiative to do this. There are so many people that I know who are doing this and I'm participating in it myself. Anyways, Publisher's Weekly wrote an article on her Army of Ten on their website today and it completely deserves to be shared. You can enlist in her army here.

The second article "How Not to Act at a Conference" is one that really doesn't relate to me as I can't really go to writing conferences (yet!) but I thought it was fascinating nonetheless. This is a must-read for writers attending conferences and was just slightly shocking to read about. I thought Amy Tintera wrote a great post and I just wanted to share it. While attending a conference, at a panel, an editor was asked if she accepted unsolicited submissions and after hearing a different answer than they wanted to hear, over 3/4 of the panel walked out on her. Anyways, I just thought this was a great article that deserved to be spotlighted!

I love y'all! I hope you have a great week and I'll be back soon to update the blog! I miss talking to y'all on Twitter! :) Have a great rest of the week!Grace