Armchair BEA 2015 | Book to Movie Adaptations That Actually Worked

Book bloggers unable to attend the BEA Bloggers Conference or Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City, but would like to ‘meet’ other book bloggers and publishers to discuss books and book blogging can participate in this virtual event. Armchair BEA has been run by book bloggers on a volunteer basis since 2010, although giveaways are sponsored by authors and publishers.

  1. The Maze Runner — This was one that I’ve seen more recently (many times, I might add…*cough* Dylan O’brien *cough*) and I can definitely say that it is better than the book. I’ve never said that about an adaptation before, but I truly felt everything about the movie just heightened the cool ideas of the book. Plus, each of the actors were incredible!
  2. The Fault in Our Stars — There wasn’t a thing I found wrong with this movie. To this day I’ve only been able to watch it once, but it was beautiful and captured the book in a beautiful way. Definitely lived up to the book, but can never surpass it.
  3. Mockingjay Part One — I was blown away by this one. I was really nervous going to see this movie because, to be honest, I really didn’t like the last book in the trilogy. But this movie made me really enjoy the beginning of the book again, and Jennifer Lawrence is amazing. Her performance was touching and emotional.
  4. The Great Gatsby (2013) — While there were definitely some parts of the movie that I hated (the modern music), I thought the movie portrayed the crazy events of the book really well. It was entertaining, and not made out to be a love story.
  5. The Harry Potter Series — I HAD to include these, because although there were some minor things, the movies are the way that I revisit this world most often (as they take less of my time than rereading a whole book). I will always think of the characters as these actors I’ve come to love.

What adaptations do you think were spot on? Which ones missed the mark?

xo

Armchair BEA 2015 | Social Media & ARC 101

Book bloggers unable to attend the BEA Bloggers Conference or Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City, but would like to ‘meet’ other book bloggers and publishers to discuss books and book blogging can participate in this virtual event. Armchair BEA has been run by book bloggers on a volunteer basis since 2010, although giveaways are sponsored by authors and publishers.

I’m a bad blogger and haven’t pre-written posts. Therefore, I’m combining days 2 and 3 of ABEA in this post! I actually think the topics go together really nicely, though.

Social Media

“How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons?  Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today’s technology to the fullest.  Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there’s an underrated social media program that you like.”

Social media is almost as important as the content and the blog itself. Originally I avoided some of the big social media sites like Instagram. I’m still not on Facebook. But if you’re looking to promote your blog and gain followers, Twitter is your go-to. Not only can you publish links to your blog in tweets, but Twitter has allowed me to interact with authors, publishers, other bloggers, and my blog readers. Those relationships you form are musts and priceless!

As you could probably tell, Twitter is my social media of choice. The most important thing to do when using Twitter is to MAKE FRIENDS. Jump into other blogger’s conversations with your two cents, fangirl with them, compliment authors, and yes, fangirl with publishing companies! I originally was really intimidated to interact with publishers, but the lovely people at the publishing companies that run the social medias are really just lovers of books, too. Don’t be afraid to join any of the conversations!

To find me on all the social medias, head on over to the “Social Butterfly” section of my sidebar! 🙂 –>

ARC 101

I am in no way an expert on getting ARCs, or Advance Readers Copies. But, I’ve been blogging just over a year, so I still consider myself a newbie blogger. And, I’ve gotten ARCs that I’ve requested, and have even gotten put on a couple mailing lists. I’m not writing this to brag, but I’m writing this to inform you that even if you’re somewhat small, and still kind of new, you can request and get sent ARCs. Here are some tips from my experience:

  • Request digital copies first if you can. You’ve all probably heard of NetGalley and Edelweiss. While reading physical books may be your preference, accept eARCs at first. You’re more likely to get accepted for a digital copy than a limited number of physical ARCs. But like you’ve also probably heard often, don’t go crazy!!!
  • Don’t be afraid to contact a publisher. Every publishing company/publicist that I’ve emailed and talked to has been SUPER NICE. Don’t be intimidated! Just make sure your request email is formal at first, linking to all your social medias with follower counts, and a mailing address. Publishers get tons of emails a day, so be sure to set yourself apart, make it easy for them to be able to send you a book, and don’t expect an answer. You may just get a mailbox surprise!
  • Have a specific author whose upcoming title you really want to read and review? It’s worth a shot visiting their website. Often times authors have their individual publicist’s contact information on their site, which is more direct than sending a request to the publisher’s general publicity email. You may have a better chance getting a copy from them.
  • My last word of advice is to REQUEST EARLY. As soon as you see a title that you know you’ve got to have, send a request email. There are a limited number of ARCs for each book printed, so the earlier you ask, the more likely you’ll have one reserved to be sent to you when the time comes!

*These tips are just from personal experience as a blogger, and have not talked to publishers about this topic at all.*

How do you use social media to promote your blog? What tips do you have regarding ARCs?

xo

Armchair BEA 2015 | Intro Q&A!

Book bloggers unable to attend the BEA Bloggers Conference or Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City, but would like to ‘meet’ other book bloggers and publishers to discuss books and book blogging can participate in this virtual event. Armchair BEA has been run by book bloggers on a volunteer basis since 2010, although giveaways are sponsored by authors and publishers.

I first heard about ABEA last year, and I must admit I had since forgot about it. This morning I went on Bloglovin’ and saw a bunch of ABEA posts, and I immediately signed myself up! I would absolutely adore the chance to go to BEA some day, but until then, ABEA will be my thing! So there’s my reasoning for two posts in one day.

Q: Why do you loving reading and blogging?
A: I love reading because books transport me to other worlds, and allow me to become another person. They help me to forget my problems and experience new things. I love blogging because I can share my love of books with the world, and fangirl with all of you other lovely bloggers that I’ve gotten the chance to meet through my blog!

Q: What is your theme song?
A:

At the moment. I don’t have bad blood with anyone right now, either. But I mean, Taylor Swift.

Q: What is your favorite genre and why?
A: At the moment with summer approaching, I’ll say contemporary. But all year ’round, I’m a fantasy and sci-fi girl! Historical is another of my favorites…okay I really just love everything YA though to be honest!

Q: What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?
A: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith. I got approved for this on NetGalley after totally not expecting to be and kind of freaked out, and will 100% be reading this during the summer, and is 100% the one I’m most excited for!

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what author would you want to bring with you? Why?
A: I haven’t read any of her books, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Why, you ask? Well at TBF this year, she said she went on a trip to an island and almost got attacked by a wild alpha monkey. I think her experience could serve useful…

I can’t wait to keep participating in Armchair BEA! Are you taking part? Or better yet, did you attend the convention in person?

xo

Early Excitement: June 2015 (THE MONTH WHEN IT’S FINALLY SUMMER!!!)

Early Excitement

While last month I was over the moon with excitement because ALL THE BOOKS were coming out, this month — not so much. I only have two, YES TWO, upcoming releases to share with you. But just because there’s a small number of books doesn’t mean they’re any less exciting. I’m super duper excited for both of these books. Just in time for summer, these two contemporaries are making it to the top of my list.

 

Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca | Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

Both LYM and EWYLTM are the kind of contemporary books that I immediately gravitate towards. LYM is a second chance romance between past best friends, and EWYLTM is a student/teacher relationship. Now before you freak out because I like to read about student/teacher relationships, I strictly like to read about them. I think they make for really complex and emotional stories, with really deep characters, which I like in books. I actually heard about these two books at the same time, and I’ve been waiting for them ever since!

What June release are you anticipating?

xo

Reviewing with Heart

reviewing

A couple of days ago I read Lauren’s post in which she discusses reading, rating, and reviewing, and how following either her head or her heart can alter the “bookish process” as she calls it. After reading that post I began to think about how I’m a lot like Lauren, in that when I read, rate, and review, and form opinions, I tend to follow my brain for some jobs, and my heart for others. So I decided to write a post similar to her’s, discussing my thought process when it comes to reading and reviewing.

Reading

I read fully with my heart. I read for enjoyment. Becoming a book blogger and reviewing books hasn’t changed that for me at all. It’s actually pretty rare where I’ll read a book and not enjoy it at least a little bit. That’s because when I read I’m totally into it, and I’m having fun, because much like blogging, reading is a hobby. I don’t over-analyze or criticize the writing while I read, because for me, that would ruin the story. Even if it’s the worst story in the world, I could probably pinpoint a part that I enjoyed. Of course there are things that will stand out as negative sometimes, but I try not to focus on that and let it take away from the parts I’m enjoying. That’s just how I am. I love a story. And most of all, I love reading them.

If you’ve noticed, I don’t DNF many books, and the majority of the books I read are rated 3 or above. Now I like to think that’s because I’m getting good at choosing what I’ll like, and what will be a good read, but it’s also because as I said before, I can pretty much find something to like. Now you’re probably thinking, well, does this mean her reviews aren’t reliable?

Reviewing

Reviewing is where I get to be the composed and intelligent blogger and the crazy fangirl at the same time. I review with my head and my heart, but depending on the book one will most likely dominate the other. For some books, I don’t really decide on a rating until after I’ve written my review. While I write about a book, I can kind of gauge the quality of the book and the enjoyment I felt from reading it based upon how many fangirly paragraphs I write, and how many nit-picky ones I write. So if you’ve been reading this blog a while, you’ve probably noticed how my reviews don’t have a particular style to them. Sometimes I’ll be serious, sometimes I’ll go on crazy rants of rage or excitement. It just depends on me, and the book.

Rating

Ratings are where I solely use my brain. This is for a couple of reasons. The first being that someone may visit the blog, skim the review, and miss out on a point that I made. I want the rating to accurately convey how I feel that the majority of readers would think of the book (which I would assume to be more along the lines of a serious and more analytical view). Also, ratings are more universal. There’s Goodreads ratings, other bloggers ratings, etc. Each mean different things specifically, but the accepted star rating system is 1 to 5, 1 being bad, 5 being amazing based on the quality of the book. For example, I’ve written fangirly reviews for books that I’ve only given a 3 star rating because while the story was there, the writing wasn’t.

So how do you read, rate, and review? Who wins out: your head or your heart?

xo