Review: A Hundred Hours of Night by Anna Woltz

26626215A Hundred Hours of Night by Anna Woltz

Published May 10, 2016, by Arthur A. Levine Books.

YA > Contemporary


Part love letter to New York, part portrait of a girl and a city in crisis as Hurricane Sandy hits New York City.

When Emilia de Wit ran away to New York City, she planned everything to a T. Plane ticket, purchased. Cute apartment, rented online. Subway map, printed and highlighted. This was no ordinary trip — this was Emilia’s declaration of independence. Her chance to escape the life her parents were ruining. To get away from the horrible scandal that had rocked Amsterdam, the scandal that was all her dad’s fault. To see if her mom, the glamorous, world-famous artist, would even notice.

New York steals Emilia’s heart at first sight — even though absolutely nothing goes to plan. She didn’t plan to end up homeless on a stranger’s doorstep. She didn’t plan to make friends with Seth, Abby, and Jim. And she could never have known that Hurricane Sandy would be barreling up the coast, straight for the city.

All she wanted was to get away from her parents, her problems, her life . . . and when the storm hits and the power goes out, Emilia feels farther from home than she could have imagined.

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Look What You Made Me Do | Taylor Swift Book Tag, Part 2

Oh, look what you made me do!

Way back in 2014, I did the Taylor Swift Book Tag. Since then, it’s arguably been one of my most viewed posts, and it’s one of my favorites here on the blog! I thought I’d adapt the 1989 and (beginning of) the reputation eras into the book tag! If you haven’t heard her new music, listen and then come back! Her new album releases in 10 DAYS I CAN’T WAIT.

I also want to take a minute to acknowledge Taylor’s incredible narrative skill. Each of her music videos are so incredibly detailed and tell such full stories. We need to get a fiction novel from her sometime, please! She’s proven she can totally handle ANY subgenre.

Welcome to New York

“the lights are so bright, but they never blind me”


Name your favorite city or setting for a book, real or fictional.

Actually, New York City! I’ve never been, but I love the way it’s portrayed in all of the books I read. Also, any book set on the coast by a beach! I love to escape when I’m reading, so places that I’ve never been, or wish I could visit more often are always my favorites. If we’re talking fictional worlds, I mean, Hogwarts, obviously!

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Book Photography & Blogging | The Rise of Bookstagram & Do Photos Make for Better Posts?

At the beginning of this summer, I began to start heavily using my blog’s Instagram, or “Bookstagram,” account. Considering the thousands (probably more like millions) of book-centric accounts on the social media platform, I was late to the game. Yet, I’ve slowly begun using it; building my profile, creating a feed “theme,” taking advantage of Instagram’s stories (I much prefer using Instagram stories over Snapchat, feeling that it’s not as private as Snapchat can be), and interacting with authors, publishers, and other readers in a new way! I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover and book design, so naturally, I fell into loving to take bookish photos! I’ve also started adding them into my posts here on the blog since I posted my redesign.

With this rise in book photography and aesthetic in the book community, I can understand why bloggers are feeling the need to post more visuals alongside their written posts. Normal digital graphics aren’t as eye-catching and engaging as looking at a pretty image of a new book with a text overlay. I personally started adding photos when I switched to a simple black and white blog design theme. I let the images bring color to the blog, so it’s always kind of changing!

But I’ve been starting to wonder: Does including visuals, particularly book photos, make for better posts? 

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Review: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan


27426221Julia Vanishes (The Witch’s Child, #1) by Catherine Egan

Published June 7, 2016, by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

YA > Fantasy


Julia has the unusual ability to be…unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses.

It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned—crime pays.

Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who keeps forbidden books and sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman with an infant son who is clearly hiding—though from what or whom?

Worse, Julia has a creeping suspicion that there’s a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.

The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she’d ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.

And even a girl who can vanish can’t walk away from her own worst deeds.

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Unhauling Books | My Criteria for Saying Goodbye

As I was cleaning my room and bookshelves, attempting to start packing to head back to school, I decided that it was time once more to get rid of some books. Last time I purged my shelves was probably about 2 years ago now, and I’ve since acquired a LOT more books. I really struggled this time around with choosing which to say goodbye to, since last time  I really buckled down and got rid of a lot.

I have a really hard time parting with many acquisitions:

  • ARCs & Finished Copies from a publisher — Whether I particularly enjoyed them or not, I feel lucky to have them! They’re like physical proof of my blogging success!
  • Signed books — Whether I met the author or not, it’s signed and special! Getting rid of a personalized one will probably never happen.
  • Series that I own all the books for — If I have a completed series, I feel like I’ve invested too much money into them. I’m really struggling right now with whether or not to keep the Divergent trilogy including my signed edition of Four… I’m not really a fan of these books anymore, and I can basically guarantee that I won’t ever read Four, but it’s a beautiful hardcover complete set!

Clearly, I have book attachment issues. But, I think I’ve got some solid criteria for unhauling books that won’t end up breaking my heart!

  • Only keep ARCs of books that I really enjoyed or think are special!
  • Keep the personalized signed books, but if there’s just a regular signed copy that I’m considering getting rid of, just say goodbye!
  • Get rid of random books from a series that I don’t own all of the books in physical format.

So, now that I’ve decided what books I’m getting rid of, should I sell them or donate?

  • ARCs & Finished Copies from a publisher— One would think that dealing with ARCs is self-explanatory, yet so many people sell them even with the printed on “NOT FOR SALE” on the covers. Please, please, please don’t sell ARCs ever, whether they’re 5 years old or not yet released! It’s illegal and wrong. I also feel morally obligated to treat any book sent to me from a publisher that’s a finished copy the same way. I didn’t buy it the first time, so I’ve no right to sell it and profit, in my opinion. Instead of selling, donate them to a school, shelter, charity, or Little Free Library*! Or if you’re a book influencer, like a blogger or bookstagramer, host a giveaway or trade them!

*I actually made a version of a Little Free Library for a final for one of my studios last year at school! I haven’t gotten it set up yet, but I hope to sometime in the future.

  • Everything else — Donating will always be a wonderful option, but if you’re looking for some extra cash, selling is great. I don’t have any used bookstores near me to sell to, so I’m not really sure how those work, but I have worked with Barnes & Noble. They have dedicated dates and times when you can bring your books in to sell, and they gave me a pretty fair amount for each book. They don’t normally give cash, so I got store credit to use on whatever I wanted!

Do you guys unhaul books? What are your criteria for letting them go? Do you have any other suggestions regarding what to do with them when you no longer want them? Let’s chat!