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RT Booklovers Convention 2016: Book Haul!

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So many books! I ended up buying 14 books from the Giant Book Fair (oops!) and was really pushing my max budget (double oops!).

I got to meet some really great authors too, though I couldn’t get to see everyone on my list I definitely got to see a lot! 🙂

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I made a vlog about the books I bought, talking a little about the authors I met too 🙂

I already mentioned in my previous blog post that the two events after the book fair were a little disappointing (as I’d paid $55 for my day ticket), but the FAN-tastic Day party really was fantastic: I ended up with 34 free books. Thirty four! My arms ached for the next couple of days after carrying all of those around lol!

As there are so many, I made a vlog showing them, and briefly talking about the books (very brief about each one as there’s so many!) and the authors I met at the party 🙂

It was a very fun day overall. I’d definitely go again, though probably for the full RT convention next time!

…I don’t know how long it will take me to read all of these lol! My TBR shelf was already full. Oops!

I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest opinion.

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RT Booklovers Convention 2016!

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So I did a thing. I bought a spur of the moment day ticket to the RT Booklovers Convention! Eeeee! I was excited but also nervous about going on my own. Would it be fun by myself? Would I get to do everything I wanted? Would I feel left out?

The answers were yes, yes and definitely not! It was so much fun! My ticket gave me entrance to the Giant Book Fair, Berkley authors event, Random House “shop til you drop” event, and the FAN-tastic Day party. There were queues all day, but they passed by quickly because everyone was so friendly – I chatted to people in the queue with me, and found some new friends (local and long distance) 🙂

I made a short vlog through the day to show how great – and active – everything was:

The Giant Book Fair was so busy, but really well organised. I got to meet a lot of authors – some I already knew, some were new to me. And I bought a few *ahem*14*ahem* books, all signed by the authors. Most of the really well known authors had virtual queues, where you get a ticket number to hold a place in the queue and come back when your number is called. Which worked great – I was number 384 to see Nalini Singh.

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I left the fair a little bit early, to give me time to find the next event (Berkley authors), and I’m glad I did because there was already a queue forming for that too! We were all in the queue for about 2 hours before the doors opened and… the event was a little disappointing. The organisers had randomly put the books into goody bags for us all, so you didn’t know what genre you’d be getting. They had a handful of other books on a table at the back of the hall but the first few people just grabbed them all before the rest of us got chance to look.

We asked if we could look in the left over bags (about 50 of them just lying on the side table) to swap books and were told”no”. So my random books in my bag were three historical romance/bodice ripper romance novels, which aren’t my genre at all :/ Oh well.

So I left that event almost right away and made my way to the Random House “shop til you drop” event, which was described as being lots of free books. I waited in the queue for just over two hours – which turned out to be a great use of time because we all did swaps of our random Berkley books while we waited, and I managed to get a more contemporary romance in the mix 🙂

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Just before we were let into the Random House event the staff told us we’d all only be allowed one book each – not one book per author, just one book per person! Which is nice to get a free book, but was really disappointing after waiting 2+ hours to “shop til you drop” to only get one book.

So I left that event early too and made my way to queue for the FAN-tastic Day party. I felt a little down by this point – I’d paid $55 for my day ticket and so far only had 1 free book in a genre I enjoy, and that was due to a swap. But we all waited in line for over 2 hours again, and did some more swaps so I ended up with a Jack Reacher novel, which I’m very happy with 🙂

A few authors from other events walked down the queue giving out free books because they didn’t want to carry them home with them, so that was nice too!

Then the party started and oh my god it was crazy! But crazy good 🙂 There were goody bags with books in, plus two huge tables filled with free books lining the walls, and high-top tables around the room where authors had about 15-20 copies of their books to sign and give away for free to whoever got there first. PLUS a raffle for hampers filled with books and other goodies.

Wow!

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I was there for a long time and got some great books for free – some signed! Then just as I was thinking to leave, the microphone man said they were bringing in lots of new authors in a few minutes with even more books!

So I was basically in book heaven lol!

After an hour and a half I’d reached a point of physically not being able to carry any more books. The raffle was still going on and my ticket hadn’t been called but I looked at my hands – filled with bags of books (plus the rolling suitcase I bought was filled with books!) and realised “where would I even put the hamper if I won it?!” So I left lol!  Happy with all the lovely free books and after having a really fun day getting to meet new people and talk about books all day.

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Would I recommend the RT Booklovers Convention? For the day pass I was definitely happy 🙂 I’d love to do the full week-long convention, but I honestly don’t know how people do it! I was exhausted, and had achy muscles after just one day of lugging around bags of books! But I’d like to do the full week with the panels and discussions at some time, I think it would be a great experience 🙂

Have you been to the RT Booklovers Convention, or the Giant Book Fair before? What did you think?

I’ll be doing another post soon about all the lovely books and authors from the convention.

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March Book Haul!

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March has flown by! With moving I didn’t think I’d be able to get any books to talk about, but it’s me so I did.

  1. Empath by S. Usher Evans. Amazon
  2. One Of Us by Tawni O’Dell. Amazon
  3. All The Beautiful Brides by Rita Herron. Amazon
  4. Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide To Baking Bad! by Christine McConnell. Amazon

My vlog talks about all the lovely books in more detail – and one of the authors, Christine McConnell, actually commented on it and now follows me on YouTube and Twitter! Eeeee! I may have had a major fangirl moment when that happened 😀

Camp NaNoWriMo starts today and I keep going back and forth about whether I want to take part or not. I usually do the normal NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where the challenge is to write 50k words of a manuscript during November, and I enjoy that. Camp NaNo is a little different because you can set a lower goal. So maybe I will have a go – I’ll be writing during April anyway, I might as well set a specific word goal, right? Maybe. I’m so indecisive!

As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

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Moving Across America!

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Wow this month has been busy! In the past four weeks we’ve finalised the sale of our house, packed up everything we own, and drove all the way across the country! Twice.

Yep you read that right, we drove across America twice. Why? Because we’re crazy! Just kidding…sort of 😉 We had two cars to take with us, and because we have pets we decided it was easier to drive one car across the country a couple of weeks before, then do the real move with the animals in the second car. Phew what a lot of driving!

It was such an interesting trip though, seeing the changes in the country as we made our way from state to state. I made a vlog to show our journey and how different things are across America. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

I took a couple of books with me on the trip, planning to have time to read both – that’s the real craziness lol! I managed to find time to start The Girl Who Would Be King (which is really good so far!) but definitely over estimated how much free time I’d have.

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  1. The Girl Who Would Be King by Kelly Thompson. Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Iced by Karen Marie Moning. Amazon | Book Depository

(PS: how gorgeous are those covers!)

So now we live in a place I hadn’t even visited before, and it’s all very new and different. We’re both loving it so far though – the mountains are gorgeous, and they surround us! Plus we’re back in “civilization”!  Where we lived in Florida there wasn’t a lot of variety in places to go or things to do.  But here we get the choice of so many shows, conventions, restaurants, hiking trails, and historic places to visit! I can’t wait to explore properly 🙂

As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest opinion.
I am a Book Depository and Amazon Associate, and I receive a small commission if you use my link.

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February Book Haul

How is it the middle of February already?! Things have been really busy here – we’re moving soon and the preparations for that have been taking up a lot of time. We were worried about being able to sell the house with such short notice but…it sold in just 7 days! Woo! Now comes all the paperwork, and then packing, and moving, and oh-my-god-we’re-moving-soon! 😮

My book buying has been reined in, so we don’t have even more books to pack/ship. But I couldn’t resist getting a few.

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  1. Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution by Laurie Penny. Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Amazon | Book Depository
  3. The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe. Amazon | Book Depository
  4. Double Life by S. Usher Evans. Amazon | Book Depository

My YouTube channel is taking off, which is really exciting! If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a video where I talk about this book haul in more detail. I’d love to hear what you think 🙂

I also got the cutest journal as a going away present from some friends. I’m not sure what I’ll use it for yet – I’ve never been big on journaling (I know, that’s weird coming from a blogger) – but I like the idea of it being somewhere to document new discoveries I make in America. Which is definitely an adventure!

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Well, back to packing for me (such fun times here right now lol)! As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest opinion.
I am a Book Depository and Amazon Associate, and I receive a small commission if you use my link.

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Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I’ve been looking forward to reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. All of the book bloggers, and booktubers, have been talking about it so highly, and as I picked it up to read I began to worry it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I needn’t have worried.

I really enjoyed this book! The world building is great, the characters are interesting, and the story moves with a great balance of fast and slow pacing. Not everything is perfect – the science behind some things made the logical part of my brain shudder, but it’s a fantasy book and nothing was so outlandish to shock me out of the story.

The main character, Mare, is part of the lower level of society – the red bloods. They are normal humans without any powers. The higher society – the overlords, really – are silver bloods (literally) and the elite classes of the world. They each have different powers, such as being able to manipulate fire, water, or turn invisible.

Mare’s world is turned upside down when she finds out she, a normal red blood girl, has a power of her own. The book delves into what this means for society and how it would shake up the current class dynamics. It made me think “what would I do in that situation?” a lot, and the plot develops in a very real-world way.

I liked Mare as a character, though she did frustrate me at times. But I kept reminding myself that she is only 17, and the book shows us that she hasn’t had much of an education. The other main characters include Maven and Cal, two of the silver elite class who are half-brothers. They stand alone well as different characters (not just one brother repeated twice) and I enjoyed the interactions between them and with Mare.

There were a couple of frustrations that seem to pop up in a few books lately. Such as someone being charged with something they didn’t do, and when everyone turns against them they don’t just say a simple one line to clear their name (I won’t say what sentence they could be here, because of spoilers). They just stay quiet and internally wonder “if only I could do something”. In this book their silence moves the story along to the next big scene, but it felt more like we were being forced to the next big scene when one sentence could have so easily changed things. It felt as though the character was suddenly being very slow in their thinking, which didn’t mesh with the way the character had been developed so far.

There were a couple of inconsistencies…or at least they read as inconsistencies but one of them could possibly be developed/answered in further world building in other books. The first inconsistency was that Mare talks about being quick on her feet and able to move around people well without bumping into them, but she slips on a stone floor (and says something about not having good feet for that), and later struggles to dance because her feet aren’t suited to it. The other inconsistency, which I think might be expanded upon later, was that powers are an ability to manipulate external things, not to come from within – which makes sense but got me wondering about the people who could heal themselves (but not others), the ones who can turn invisible, or the person who turned themselves to stone – those all read as internal manipulation, which goes against what the author had already taught us about powers. I hope these get answered or expanded upon in later books as I’d love to see more of that development! 🙂

Minor frustrations aside, I thought the characters were well rounded and the story was very interesting. I liked that there wasn’t such a clear line between good and evil in each person – the good characters weren’t always good, for example. It made the world feel very believable because of that, as people aren’t just one clear cut thing in real life.

There are a few plot twists and turns. The “big one” I figured out very early on in the book, but even knowing what was coming I really enjoyed this book! I loved the world building and definitely want to read more – I’ll be picking up the next book as soon as I can.

Rating: 4/5

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