3rd Annual Book Blogger Awards: Krysta’s Nominations

3rd Annual Blogger Awards: Nominations

May at Forever and Everly is hosting the Third Annual Book Blogger awards, started by Joce.  This is my nomination post; you can check out Briana’s nominations here (And here are the rules and the full list of categories.)

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BEST OF THEIR AGE

BEST GENRE BLOGGERS

BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING 

MISCELLANEOUS

MOST IMPORTANTLY

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YA Novels Featuring Teen Pregnancy

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

High school senior Emoni Santiago is magic in the kitchen.  She can make food that brings back memories.  Food that can make you cry.  She dreams of opening up her own restaurant, but, with a two-year-old to care for, she knows dreams are luxuries she can’t afford.  But her school has new culinary arts class, complete with an opportunity to cook in Spain.  And, suddenly, Emoni can’t help but think of what could be.  A story of finding the strength to dream.  Told in effortlessly beautiful prose.

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Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert

Yyonne dreams of attending a conservatory and, when she meets a charming street musician, she begins to think she’s finally found someone who understands her.  Then she becomes unexpectedly pregnant.  And Yvonne isn’t sure what to do.

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What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Gwen Castle is hoping to erase her reputation.  After sleeping with several boys on the swim team, she worries others think she’s “loose.”  But now one of those boys keeps popping up everywhere she goes.  Is their romance meant to be?  A beautiful story of love, loss, and redefining yourself.

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess has given up everything to see her twin sister married, so perhaps it’s not surprising she loses it at the wedding. With her family determined to send her to a nunnery, Tess takes off. Her quigutl friend, a subspecies of dragon, gives her a mission, but Tess is walking simply to survive.  A quiet, carefully crafted story that focuses on the inner thoughts of the protagonist and her hard-won growth from bitter alcoholic to a self-assured woman.

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Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks

Veronica becomes pregnant when her boyfriend stars poking holes in his condoms, hoping to prevent her from leaving for college.  Now Veronica is on a road trip with her ex-best friend Bailey, travelling over a hundred miles to get an abortion.  But Veronica forgot how wild Bailey can make things and suddenly their road trip involves stolen cars, crazy ex-boyfriends, and more.

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Mary was accused of murdering a white baby when she was nine.  Now, six years later, Mary is out of jail and living in a group home. But when the adults in her life decide that they are going to take away her unborn baby for adoption, Mary must find the strength to fight back.

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Water in May by Ismée Amiel Williams

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Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that her unborn baby will be the one person in her life who finally loves her. Her mother is gone, her father is in jail, her abuela never liked her, and Bertie? Well, Mari’s not dumb enough to think Bertie will stick around. But then Mari discovers that her baby has a heart condition and will need several surgeries to survive. Everyone around her thinks she should abort the baby. But Mari isn’t quite sure she wants to give up on him yet.  A book that challenges stereotypes about single mothers, Water in May presents Mari as a fighter, strong, determined, and wanting the best for her child.

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Odd and True by Cat Winters

Odd and True by Cat Winters

Odette used to spin stories for Tru of their mother’s monster-slaying days.  Tru isn’t sure she believes them.  Her own life is pretty tame, especially after she had childhood polio.  Then, one day, Od shows up with a case of weapons, saying monsters are on the way.  But what is Od really running from?  An electrifying yet heartwarming story of two sisters who team together to hunt monsters in early twentieth-century America.

 

3rd Annual Book Blogger Awards: Briana’s Nominations

3rd Annual Blogger Awards: Nominations

May at Forever and Everly is hosting the Third Annual Book Blogger awards, started by Joce.  This is my nomination post.  Check out the full explanation, rules, categories, etc. by clicking here.

This comes with the normal disclaimer that, of course, I like tons of bloggers and can’t feature them all, but I’d like to give a shout-out to at least some of my favorites!

Also I may not fill out a nomination for every category, so if you want to vote, you should check out the original post at Forever and Everly.

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BEST OF THEIR AGE

BEST GENRE BLOGGERS

BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING 

MISCELLANEOUS

MOST IMPORTANTLY

Mid-Year Recap: Favorite Books I Read in 2019 and Blog Stats

Mid-Year Recap

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5 of The Best Books I’ve Read in 2019 So Far

Click the titles for full reviews.

You can read Krysta’s list of some of the best books she’s read by clicking here.

Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

A compelling sequel to Honor Among Thieves that offers an incredibly unique take on alien/human relationships.  Strong emphasis on characterization and an exciting plot that will appeal to fans of heist novels/

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

An incredibly thoughtful look at friendship and finding yourself.  Some of the best characterization I’ve seen in a novel, as well as a really well-written arc for the protagonist.  (Also a cute romance.)

Since You've Been Gone

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

A really beautiful fairy tale retelling that reminds me of why I’m a fan of retellings in the first place.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

An incredible fantasy that pulled me into the world and into the lives of the characters from the very first page.  The book is long, but I was gripped every minute.  Wonderfully unique while still being grounded in our own world.

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed by Men by Caroline Criado Perez

An intense, almost infuriating look at all the ways women are not taken into account in literally every aspect of everyday life, from the way public transportation is organized to medicine testing and standards to car safety features.  I am recommending this book to everyone, have bought a couple copies, and am planning to give away more.

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Blog Stats

Focusing on Pinterest in 2019

So far, we have 4,300 page views from Pinterest this year.  I did stop using it as frequently in the past couple weeks and have noticed a drop in traffic, but I do recommend it as a strong source of page views if you’re committed.

Click the image below for a detailed look at some of the steps I’ve taken to improve my Pinterest account this year.

Steps I've Taken to Improve Pinterest

OUR MOST VIEWED POSTS

  1. Ten Young Adult Books with Male Protagonists
  2. A Complete Guide to Starting a Book Blog
  3. Wizarding School Adventure: The Sorting Hat
  4. 10 Must-Read Books about J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. If You Like This Classic, Try This Middle Grade Novel

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Ten Interesting Posts of the Week (6/30/19)

Post Round-Up

Around the Blogosphere

  1. Chasm of Books discusses using the Flora app to focus–and get more reading time!
  2. Michael @ My Comic Relief discusses DISNEY, GALAXY’S EDGE, AND THE END OF “CANON” BEING RELEVANT IN STAR WARS.
  3. Interesting Literature shares 10 of the best poems about silence.
  4. The Orangutan Librarian talks about her favorite mythical creatures.
  5. Xandra asks what makes a novel young adult.
  6. Dinipandareads shares favorite books set in space.
  7. Olga is reading and reflecting on JRR Tolkien’s “Smith of Wootton Major.”
  8. YA Indulgences shares books she is looking forward to this summer.
  9. Margaret reflects on how nostalgia affects her reading.
  10. The Orangutan Librarian discusses genre snobbery.

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Ten Interesting Posts of the Week (6/23/19)

Post Round-Up

Around the Blogosphere

  1. Mere Inkling writes about C.S. Lewis and animal authors.
  2. The Orangutan Librarian shares misconceptions of negative reviews.
  3. Forever and Everly shares 10 pieces of blogging advice she wishes she’d given her younger self.
  4. Starry Sky Books asks why you blog.
  5. The Orangutan Librarian discusses “entitled” fans.
  6. Michael shares: Spider-Man: Life Story – An Evocative Argument for Letting Superheroes Age.
  7. May kicks off the third annual book blogger awards voting.
  8. Margaret lists 8 contemporaries to read this summer.
  9. Holly explains why she loves the Libby app for audiobooks.
  10. Sionna lists 20 best romances she’s read this year so far.

At Pages Unbound

Ten Interesting Posts of the Week (5/26/19)

Post Round-Up

Around the Blogosphere

  1. Katies asks, More Religious Characters, Please.
  2. Samantha talks about a new publishing company that features teen authors and their stories.
  3. Hadeer shares a fireside chat: librarianship, career goals, and coming full circle.
  4. Xandra explains how to find the perfect book with a step-by-step guide.
  5. Interesting Literature shares six of the best poems for grandmothers.
  6. Acquadimore writes about giving books second chances.
  7. Kelly asks whether engagement equals success as a blogger.
  8. Aurora Librialis shares seven books to cure your Game of Thrones hangover.
  9. Xandra asks whether unrealistic fiction influences our expectations.
  10. The Orangutan Librarian gives her advice for how not to write a review.

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