To Be On A Book Cover

  
*inserts random photo of me at the beach because I don’t know what photo to use for this post*

I don’t know why, but I would really love to be on the cover of a book. I think that would be an awesome experience. It could be a totally corny cover where I am hugging a super buff dude from behind (don’t mind at all) while I smolder at the camera like those books that you see in the magazine/book section in grocery stores. I honestly wouldn’t mind. I love books so much, so how cool would it be to see my face on one? Or my hand. Or my leg. Or even my toe. I’m not too picky. 

I’ve never really modeled before besides walking in a runway show at my University and taking promo pictures for a local radio station in which the photos have somehow disappeared. They were probably so bad that they decided to trash ’em. I’m not the best poser so I could see that happening. 

 I don’t know how I’m going to get myself on a book cover, but one day I will. I’m definitely determined to do so. In the mean time, I’m gonna work on that smolder. Ahahaha.

Do any of you want to be on the cover of a book?

Until next time yall!

Book Talks At IHop

  
I went to IHop with my best friend today after hitting up Barnes and Nobles after my class ended. I hadn’t eaten much all day and my fuel meter was starting to read “eat now before you turn into a monster.”

For the past two visits, we have been talking about my idea to write a book. I don’t want to give too many details out in fear that someone will take them, but I can tell you that it is along the lines of the fantasy sorts. I’ve been going over a few of my ideas and sprouting new ones as I talked to her. 

Now, the thing is, it’s all sunshine and rainbows when you voice your book ideas but when you try to type them out on the computer into actual words it’s a totally different story. This is where the phrase “It’s easier said than done” comes in. 

I would like to say I have a pretty darn good idea that is somewhat complex and could come out to a good book, but damn. Writing is just a kick in my ass. I really should have appreciated my AP Language and Composition class more. I passed the class and got my college credit for it, but that doesn’t mean anything. What is grammar anymore? . I don’t even know. You could probably could tell as I have probably made numerous errors on this blog. If there was a grammar police, I would get jail time for life. 

My diction kind of sucks too but that’s what drafts are for. You write and then go back and fix it. Right? BUT I JUST CANT STOP MYSELF FROM GOING BACK AND READING WHAT I JUST TYPED UP AND BEING ALL “Who the hell taught you to write? An injured pigeon has better diction than you. Your own shit could cough up better word choices than you.” 

Thank you, self. I feel motivated already. 

Any writers out there that want to spare me some tips and tricks? 

Until next time Yall! 

Mail Time 7.21.15

  
I just love it when I come home to bookmail! 

Again, I ordered from Bookoutlet.com

The books I got were:

  • Relic by Renee Collins (autographed copy) – I had this on my wishlist and saw that there were only a few left of the autographed copies so I had to snatch one before they were gone!)
  • The Warrior by Victoria Scott – It was only .99 and I had I had it on my wishlist annnnddd there were only a few copies left so you know what happened there. Also, I didn’t know it was a series until I went to go get the Amazon link. Pretty awesome. 
  • Hourglass by Claudia Gray – I’m still trying to get all of the books to this series 😅
  • Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes – I loved the Den of Shadows Quartet bind up, so when I saw this was a signed copy that was running out you bet your ass I put it in my cart. 
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini – I honestly don’t remember why I picked this up but it was probably because there were only a few copies left and it was on my wishlist. 

I think I pretty much buy whatever books that are almost sold out that are on my wishlist or books that add on to series that I own. 

Until next time Yall! 

Never Ending TBR

  
TBRs, in my eyes, are infinite for book lovers. They go on and on forever. There will always be books that a book lover will want to read. It is continual in its growth and that is the beauty of TBRs; they are forever growing and changing.

What are some books in your TBRs currently?

Until next time yall!

Maya Books and Music

  

Store Name: Maya Books and Music

Address: 201 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

Phone Number: (407) 321-6504

Merchandise: Used books, records, DVDs, and CDs

I have wanted to check out this place for so long and I finally made the trip! I did get a bit lost and ended up passing by Eustis, but that was totally my fault for opting to take a right turn instead of a left. At least we made it!

   

 

This place did not disappoint me at all. I discovered it through my friend’s Instagram. She posted a photo of herself in a Sanford bookstore and I just had to go to the place myself. A bookstore in Florida that’s near by? Of course I’ll check it out!

  

The place is located on Downtown Sanford’s 1st street where it is a line of cute shops and restaurants for visitors to checkout. For parking, visitors can either parallel park in front of the shop or find parking in many of the other free parking spots.

  

 The place is super cozy. They have sitting areas littered throughout the shop where you can just grab a book and chill around for a while. They have a second story loft area that would be an awesome hangout spot, but its staircase was barricaded by stuff.  Under that loft, there is the music portion of the store where there are many records to sift through. I did not really see much of a collection of DVDs and CDs. Then again, I was in awe with how awesome the store was. 

  

The place kind of reminded me of the bookshop in Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series where Sam works. I think that it is because of the loft and I saw old medical books (like what Isabel could have picked up). The records also reminded me of Shiver because Sam liked to sing and in Linger (SPOILER ALERT SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH NOW) he went to a recording studio with Grace.

  

I really loved the decorations the store had. It was very homey and inviting. They had different patterned carpets covered parts of the wood floors and the sofas were of the comfortable looking type. The lighting was pretty dim, but it added to the cozy ambiance of the shop.

  

The owner also has a super sweet dog named Layla who will just lay there and look up at the customers. According to the shop owner, Layla loves cookies. She’s an older dog that is very friendly. If you are afraid of dogs, I would still recommend coming into the shop. Layla is very friendly and does not look like she would hurt a fly.

  

Sadly, I didn’t pick up any books when I was at the shop. They had a wonderful historical fiction selection, but I could not choose a book that I wanted to pick up. I had so many that I wanted to get, however I tried to narrow it down to one. Since I couldn’t choose one, I opted to just comeback again when I have the money to buy multiple books (I was making sure I had enough to grab lunch at the German restaurant next door).

  

If you ever find yourself in down in Sanford, definitely jot this down on your list of places to visit.

  

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Until next time yall!

A Good Hunt 7.13.15

   Today was a great book hunt day. I went out with my bestfriend to do some exploring at the state college and we stopped by Best Used Books after we had lunch at Polonia, a Polish restaurant right next to the mini strip that Best Used Books is located at. 
I wanted to check and see how much they were selling Blood Promise by Richelle Mead and if they sold Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence there. I’ve been on a long hunt for these books. 

They were selling Blood Promise for about $7-$8 and I had seen it for about $5 on Brightlight Books’s website the night before, so That was a no go. I asked one of the kind ladies up front if they had Ghost Boy and she helped me find it. I was ecstatic to finally see it after so many years! Plus it was only three bucks. The only down side was that the back of the book had some type of paint on it, so I skipped out on that one too since I knew I could probably find it in better shape (maybe). With empty hands, we leave and head off to Brightlight Books since it was on the way home…and I wasn’t going to give up on these books any longer. 

I was determined to purchase Blood Promise since it is the only book I am missing from my Vampire Academy series (I seem to have misplaced my first copy after all the moving my family has done). Ghost Boy has been a must in the past year, but I had not been able to find it (maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough?). 

We park in front of Brightlight and, with my best friend in tow, I headed for the YA section. At first, I didn’t see Blood Promise but I did a double scan and found it. I pulled it out from its hiding place and found that it was in much better condition than the ones that they were selling at Best Used Books. It was cheaper too. I also spotted the old cover version of Uglies and swiped it up. I, like alot of my other series, have misplaced a few books from this series. I spotted this book at Best Used Books, also. The condition of the book wasn’t that great so I didn’t pick it up there. Best Used Books you have been failing me lately, but that’s alright. I still love yall. 

Before I headed to checkout I scanned the Junior section for Ghost Boy. I’ve been looking for this book for ages. This book was the book that pretty much started it all for me. To my amazing luck, there was one copy left sitting horizontally on a group of books. My hand quickly snatched it out of its sleeping place. And you know what, THE CONDITION WAS SOOO MUCH BETTER. I was (still am) sooo excited that I found it. I’m pretty sure the every little cell in my body was bursting with energy. 

In summary, the books I purchased were: 

Also, a few days back I bought these books while I was on a hunt for my bestfriend’s birthday gift (I was also trying to kill time before my shift started):   

  • Atlantia by Ally Condie – I was looking for signed edition books for my best friend’s gift and the Barnes and Noble employee gave me a stack of signed books to choose from (I would like to say that B&N always has some of the greatest customer service I have encountered). I ended up keeping this one for myself. I’m shellfish, I know (puns are great). 
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – So much hype. Had to buy. 
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (signed edition) – I had purchased one for myself a week or two before, but decided it’d be cool to grab her a signed copy also since she also loves Scott Westerfeld. Fun fact: we learned that we both were bookish people when we found out that we both loved these books. From there on, I knew I could talk book to her. 

I bought these books at Barnes and Noble. Bless this store for their membership and saving my broke college ass some monayyy. I’d probably have more money if I don’t blow them off on books, but I DO WHAT I WANT! 

Until next time Yall! 

Dark Hope by H.D. Smith

  

  • Title: Dark Hope
  • Author: H.D. Smith
  • Publisher: Wild Fey, LLC
  • Published on: March 2, 2014
  • Synopsis from Amazon: 

“Claire, the Devil’s assistant, knows very little about the world she was dropped into five years ago, when she inherited her mother’s unpaid debt to the Demon King. She certainly didn’t expect to be a contender for the Fallen Queen’s throne, a target for the Druid King’s mafia, or a suspect in the murder of Junior, the Devil’s oldest hell spawn. 

In a last ditch effort to save her life and get out of her deal with the Devil, she sets out to solve Junior’s murder only to be taken prisoner by the four most dangerous immortal hell spawn alive.

Not to be out done, the Pagan Queen Mab, claims Claire for entering her realm uninvited. She has an old debt to settle with her brother the Devil. Taking Claire from him after losing her years ago is just icing on the cake. 

Will Claire win her freedom, and save herself from the Devil? Or be trapped by Mab forever?”

My thoughts: 

I wouldn’t say that Dark Hope is one of my favorite reads nor would I say that it was a terrible read. I would say it was just okay for me, but I did enjoy it. 

I do like the idea of the story. I don’t want to give anything away but she has come up with a pretty good ass plot. I think what I didn’t like most might be the writing style. It just isn’t my forte. I was also not fond with Claire’s obsession with Jack. A lot of the time I was practically screaming in my head “let the demon gooooooo.” 

The book did not leave a big impact on me, but I would still read the next book in the series. I want to read it, but I don’t have an extreme urge to. 

I do like how the world is a mix of modern day and the power of the Ancients. An example would be the “perks” Claire was given. At first, you think that they are just regular old pieces of tech, but as you read on you realize they are something else. Especially her watch. 

For some reason, I feel like the next book in the series will be much better now that we know everything that is going on (well almost everything). Once I’ve shaved off a good amount of my TBR, I’ll probably pick up the next book to check up what happens next. Also, Death is kind of a weirdo but, hey, he’s a man in love. 

Until next time Yall! 
Okaaayy I need to update my thoughts right now.**  So I actually love this book. I wrote this post and then as the days went by I kept thinking and thinking about thiis book. If I keep thinking about a book, then you bet as hell it was good. I’m still a little iffy on her obsession with Jack…and Death being a creep, but other than that it’s all good. 

I keep thinking how it is a very different take to use something that is not vampires and werewolves. HD Smith really changed up the game with this concept. I really suggest picking up this book. You may be like me and think that it was okay at first, but you will definitely change your mind after a few days of letting the book sink in. 

Alright, update over. See yall again!