Welcome to the new Books & Cleverness!

It’s been a while, but it’s still Emily, the same cat-crazy, coffee-loving, book-nerd that was here before. I hope you like the minimalist look for the new site. I find it quite clean and refreshing!

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Life is still crazy, but about to be crazier!

Week in ReviewI’m back for another Week in Review post! Two weeks in a row? Let’s keep this happening!

As you could probably guess by the title of this post, my life is continuing to be crazy. With what, I can’t quite pinpoint. School, art, errands, the normal day to day things I suppose. I had to do a reality check when I realized that I have just over 100 days until I graduate high school, and just over 150 until I move to college. The days are going by so fast!

Anyway, this past Tuesday was the Season 5 finale of Teen Wolf, and I cried, people. Any other Teen Wolf fans want to cry over the wait to Season 6 with me? The ending was just so happy, and it made my heart happy as a result. ❤

I didn’t get as much reading done as I did last week, but I did read 2 books (as of when I’m writing this post Saturday morning). I finished The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead and All the Feels by Danika Stone. I enjoyed both of them, but they weren’t anything special for me. My review for The Glittering Court will be up early next week, and my review for All the Feels will be on Andye’s blog closer to the release date in June!

I’m just starting Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, which I’m SO excited for. This weekend I’m planning on getting lots of reading done, as I have…wait for it…NO HOMEWORK! I can’t believe I can say that, but it’s true and I’m taking advantage of it! Therefore I’m hoping to read a couple more April releases (I’ve got plenty to choose from): Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan, No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista, A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry, or Two Summers by Aimee Friedman. Let me know which one you think I should read after I’ve finished Girl in the Blue Coat! There’s a little bit of everything between those four books.

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Week in Review: In Which February Leapt to March

Week in Review

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve written one of these posts. What?! But in keeping with my 2016 resolutions, I’m not too worried about it. I said I wouldn’t fault myself for not having a schedule and only posting when I want to, and I’ve kept that so far! Yay for me! I never keep new year’s resolutions, so this is a big deal for me.

Anyway, life has been super busy, as usual. But, unlike usual, I’ve been reading more during the week. Normally I only get around to reading starting Friday afternoon and through the weekend. The past two week’s Wednesdays have been the magic day! Two weeks ago I read In Real Life by Jessica Love in one sitting, and this past week I read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton in almost one sitting. Crazy! And in between, I managed to read Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor during the weekend. It may not seem like a lot for some, but for a high school senior, that’s a ton. P.S., if you’re looking for reviews of In Real Life and Rebel of the Sands, they’ll be posting soon! March 10th and March 7th, respectively.

IMG_6188I may have mentioned this before, but I’m taking AP Drawing this year, and it’s crunch time. Any of my free time during the day I’ve been spending in the art room. I’m a super slow worker so this is proving to be quite the challenge. To the right is a little sneak peek at what I’m currently working on!

So that’s pretty much been life lately!


I purged my bookshelves! Finally! It’s been needing to happen for quite some time now, as I just keep acquiring books faster than I can put them on my shelves. I decided to get rid of about 25 books (ARCs and finished copies), to free up some space. They’re all books that I’ve either read and not enjoyed, or books that I don’t plan on ever reading. They’ll probably end up being donated or sold to a used book store. Nothing has happened yet though…


    

I’ve accumulated quite a bunch of books courtesy of the lovely publishers, and Andye. I was approved for And I Darken by Kiersten White on NetGalley (Thanks Random House!). I’m so flipping excited for this monster of a book! I’ve read some of Kiersten White’s other books and loved, so this was a must-request. I requested Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead from Penguin through their First to Read program (Thanks!). As I already mention, I’ve already read Rebel of the Sands, and I’m now currently reading The Glittering Court. I forgot to mention in my last WiR that I got Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan from HMH (Thank you!). I was approached by Dorian Tsukioka to review another of her fairytale retelling novellas, Spell Bound. I read and enjoyed her first, and was intrigued by the synopsis of this one, so many thanks to her!
ddlqbH1yIMG_6183As physical copies go, I received Two Summers by Aimee Friedman from Scholastic, unsolicited (Thanks!). It looks like a really fun summer read, and I’m excited to get around to it! Andye sent me All the Feels by Danika Stone and A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody (Thank you bunches, as always!). Both of these contemporaries look right up my alley, so I’m very excited!


The blogosphere has been filled to the brim with incredible posts and events lately, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. Sorry if you’ve seen these already, they’re a bit on the older side now.

Here at Books & Cleverness I’ve been posting quite a bit too!


Wow, this turned out to be a pretty long post! But it’s so nice to be catching up with everyone again. Look for lots more reviews to come soon!

xo

 

How do you bloggers read so much?

READ SO MUCH

I’ve actually been in awe of this for quite some time, but just now did it hit me that I should ask you guys how you’re all doing it. LET ME IN ON YOUR SECRET!

I was reading through all of these weekly wrap up posts (as a book blogger does on the weekend…), and I noticed a trend: You other bloggers read a lot. (Well, duh, Emily, they read a lot. They’re book bloggers…) Right, but I’m a book blogger too, and I know from more personal posts from you guys that you either are high school or college students, or have jobs or kids, or much more important things to do than to read books. BUT YOU MANAGE TO READ LIKE 3 BOOKS A WEEK! I can read 1 to 2 a week (just on the weekends, I don’t really read much during the week because of that thing called school), and that’s depending on my homework and studying situation. Like this weeked, I read about 100 pages of a book I’ve been trying to read for two weeks, and not because the book is bad, I just have no time (or so I think…I’m guessing you all have less time that I do, so that leads me to believe you all have a secret you’re not sharing…*gives you a sideways glance*).

I guess what I’m asking is: how do all of you book bloggers out there with busy lives make time to read throughout the week, and at the magnitude that you do?

With attending a pre-college program this summer for six weeks, senior year next year, and then college the fall after that, I’m getting nervous that I won’t have as much time to read anymore. Just this year I’ve decreased the amount of books that I’ll be able to read from last year, and the year before that. My point is that I want to continue blogging and being able to read throughout my higher educations, but I’m not quite sure how to make it all work…

So what do you guys think? How do you read so much during the busy week?

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