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YA Worthy Adventures in Everyday Life

I have always been a big reader. And subsequently, always had an adventurous spirit. Whenever I read a book, I am jealous of the characters. The adventures they have, and the relationships that developed because of it. However, one can only get so far lusting away at fictional character’s expeditions. I’ve had one too many book hangover that resulted in weeks of wanderlust inspired depression. It comes to a point where one must take it into their own hands. And for me, that is today. Hopefully.

That’s where my European backpacking trip comes into play. It’d be a trip of a lifetime. Trying exotic foods, hopping onto last minute train rides across the continent, the all around foreign romance of travel. I’m in the process of trying to make my ideal adventure a reality. More than likely, I’m being entirely foolish, filling the ever cliche role of the teen going on a trip to ‘find myself.’ But it’s something that I feel like I need to do. Must be my destiny calling. Maybe I’ll meet a dragon or unicorn on the way there. What is your adventure, and how will that make it happen?

I think that is one of the key aspects to a happy life. Figure out what your adventure is, and make it a reality. For those of you who are muted, introverted spirits like myself, I highly recommend NerdFitness and LevelUpYourLife. Steve Kamb offers a wonderful resource to get you on your journey towards finding that adventure in your life. I also highly reccomebd the films Maidentrip and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. They should both send you well on your way to figure out what your adventure should be.

I would love to hear about your ideal adventures in the comments. What inspired them, and how will you attain them?

 

YA Community – How to Get Involved

I have found the YA book community to be a wonderful sanctuary. I have made many friends (authors and bloggers alike) who have stuck with me since the beginning. However, I find that there is a huge lack of interest from the non-blogging YA readers. One does not have to be a blogger/author/etc to reap the benefits of the online society. It’s not a secret club. I’m going to list a few of the techniques I used at the beginning to get involved.

  1. Twitter. I cannot stress enough how interactive the YA community is on Twitter. This is a great way to start communicating with authors. In fact, I got to know two of my favorite authors (Susan Dennard and Leigh Bardugo) when they were first starting out on twitter. And now they are both NYT Bestsellers, and I still have a contact link with them. Pretty cool! Plus, if you do want to start a blog, Twitter will get you readership. Just tag the author you’re writing about, and they may give you a retweet. famous author retweets you – new readers.
  2. Fan mail – Do not be afraid to send your favorite author fan mail. Chances are, you’ll make their day. Fewer people than you’d expect send authors fanmail, so you have a good chance of a response. I cringe to look bad at some of the fangirly emails I wrote in my early days, but I did get to have conversations with some pretty cool people.
  3. Book conventions – This one is a little harder for some people to attain, but definitely worth it. Book conventions are where a bunch of amazing authors are all in one place for the day, and you typically get to interact with them on a really personal level. Typically book conventions are sponsored by a book store or library. My favorite conventions are TeenBookCon and TweenBookCon both sponsored by the amazing Blue Willow Bookstore in Houston, TX. Just last year I got to spend an entire day with Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) at TweenBookCon (Best day EVER).
  4. Independent Book Stores. Now, I could gush about independent bookstores (Again, Blue Willow Books is the BEST) all day but that can be an entirely different post. Just, go to your indie bookstores. It actually helps out the authors a lot more (as those are the sales that contribute to their NYT Bestselling ranks) and small businesses. Plus, they bring in authors a lot of signings, and are just generally cool people.

Overall, the YA Community is amazing, and easy to get involved in. I recommend checking it out, even if only a little, if you have any interest in reading. Which, if you’re reading this blog, you probably are. Feel free to contact me with any and all questions – I’d love be your first friend in the YA sphere.

 

!!Book Sale!!!

Hiya, Guys!

So, I’m in the middle of a rather big move, and have decided to do a book clear out. I have a ton of books, and a lot of duplicates, so I’ve decided to clear them out! I am listing some that are signed (personalized to me, or just a plain signature), paper backs, and hardbacks. I also am listing some sets. There are some books that I’ll sell in a bundle with an ARC, or individual. I’m more than willing to negotiate prices. This is on a first pay first serve basis. I will not hold books with out payment, unless explicitly requested.

 

SIGNED:

Innocent Darkness (Lazear, paperback, personalized to me, comes with ARC OF Fragile Destiny): $7

Fall from Grace (Benoit, hardcover, personalized to me): $7

Everyday (Levithan, paperback, personalized to me): $20

Unearthly (Australia Edition, Hand, paperback, personalized to me): $10

Frey (Wright, paperback, signed): $5

Through the Ever Night (Rossi, hardcover, signed): $10

The Dark Days of Hamburger Haplin (Berk, hardcover, signed): $10

UNSIGNED Paperbacks ($5):




Beautiful Creatures (Garcia/Stohl)

Carrier of the Mark (Fallon)

Buffy: Watcher’s Guide

My Soul to Keep (Vincent)

Flipped (Van Drannen)

UNSIGNED Hardcover ($9):

Maximum Ride (Patterson)

Crewel (Albin)

Paper Valentine (Yovanoff)

Catching Fire (Collins)

Hoot (Hiaasen)

If a Pirate I Must Be (Sanders)

SETS (books can be purchased individually as well):

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Hodkin, paperback, personalized to me): $7
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Hodkin, hardcover, personalized to me ): $10
Or bundle (which includes unsigned Evolution of Mara Dyer ARC): $15

The Reckoning (Armstrong, paperback, unsigned): $5
The Awakening (Armstrong, paperback, unsigned): $5
Or SET (comings with ARC of The Rising): $8

Found (Haddix, paperback, unsigned): $5
Sent (Haddix, paperback, unsigned): $5
Among the Brave (Haddix, paperback, unsigned): $5
Caught (Haddix, hardback, unsigned): $10
Among the Free (Haddix, hardback, unsigned): $10
Or SET: $18

RARE/COLLECTIBLE BOOKS:

Looking for Alaska: 10th anniversary copy (Green, hard copy, signed): $35

Paper Towns: First Edition (Green, hardcover, unsigned): $25

There you have it! Feel free to email me questions. As these books are sold, I will be listing more. I did research as to fairly list all of these books, however, I will negotiate if you purchase more than a few. This money will be going towards my schooling… Shipping will be its own fee.

Thanks, as always!

Maddie

Harry Potter and the Deathley Hallows Part 2 Review

I went to the midnight realease of the Harry Potter movie last night. Here is y overall opinion.

SPOILER ALERT: The overall film was fantastic although there was several changes.  First of all they changed Snape’s memory scene quite a bit. They didn’t change any of the facts but they eliminated a bunch of the story. Unless you had read the book it probably wouldn’t make any sense.  Now there was a change I know a TON of HP Shippers will be happy about.  Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood fell in love and (Pressumably) got married.I know there was many people who were mad they didn’t get together in the book.   The only thing I was irritated with was how they cut a TON out of the epilouge.  That was the part I was looking forward to the most and it lasted less then 3 minutes.

 

So overall the movie gets 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.  If you are a fan of the books or the movies this is a must see.

 

Thanks for Reading,

Mads

Greyson Chance

I was recently reading a post about celebrities that went to the wizarding world. The list included Greyson Chance. A 13 singer. I checked him out and was pleasantly suprised. I assumed he was just another disney type singer. But he is really quite talented.
Here is a link to his song Unfriend you:

Here is what his website said about his “discovery”:

When 13-year-old Greyson Chance posted a clip of himself performing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on YouTube in April, he never dreamed that the video would become a viral sensation viewed by more than 28 million people. The clip, shot by Greyson’s dad, shows the Cheyenne Middle School sixth-grader at the piano, singing his heart out at a choir event as the female-dominated audience looks on slack-jawed with amazement.

 

I’ll write again soon,

Mads