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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

Hello

Hi kind readers,

 

In case you haven’t noticed, I made some slight changes to the site.  What do you think?

 

I have decided to do mainly book blogging, as I am more into that. But, I will keep you updated with BIG movie news.  Not random little things.:P

 

 

Book Recommendation List

I have decided to write a list of books I recommend, for all all you.  They will be in no praticuilar order, just in whatever order I think of them.:

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

Legend by Marie Lu

Dragon’s Tooth by N.D.Wilson

Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

Uglies Series by Scott Westerfield

Peter and the Starcatchers Series by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis

The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Really any of her books are amazing.)

The Percy Jackson/Heros of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Laurel Series by Aprilynne Pike

 

That’s all I can think of at this moment. I think I am going to start blogging more about book reviews and etc. What would you think about that?

 

Mads