YouTube’s New Policy and The Book Community (+List of Booktubers to Follow)

If you’ve seen some hubbub on Twitter, it may be because of Youtube’s new monetization policy. Monetization basically means that Youtubers can earn money from views. The policy before was that you only need 10,000 total views to be able to monetize. Their new policy is that channels must have 1,000+ subscribers and 4,000 hours of views in the past year. (Psst: Most of my information was taken from here if you would like to read more on it).

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Happy (Late) Second Blogiversary to Curlyhairbibliophile! (Thank Yous, Accomplishments,Goals for 2018, and Giveaway!)

Two years ago, I sat down at my kitchen table and opened up WordPress.com. My New Year’s Resolution was to start a blog and maybe keep it going. It has been two years, and I’m so happy to report Curlyhairbibliophile is still going strong! I’ve accomplished quite a bit this year so here’s a post commemorating that!

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My Top Six Favorite Reads of 2017

2017 is a wrap! What a year! While I didn’t read all the books I was hoping to, I did read 45 books. Among those 45, I read so many new favorites. All of them are pretty much contemporaries because 2017 contemporaries were AMAZING. Hopefully my 2018 reads include more fantasy/sci-fi!

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Santa Clause is Coming to Town!// Six Books on My Wishlist This Christmas

The Holiday Season is around the corner! I’m finally off school for the break, and I can’t wait for life to slow down. I’m a Christian so my family celebrates Christmas. In today’s post, I’m going to talk about six books I want this Christmas!

1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

One day after a Chemistry test I was watching Ariel Bissett while I was waiting for the rest of the class to finish. I had actually never heard of this book before until this video, and now I know I need this book. It sounds like such a cute book, and I’m really hoping I receive it for Christmas!

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Where Have I Been?//September, October, and November Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone! It’s been such a long time since I posted; hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me! I’ve been incredibly busy these past few months, so I decided to wrap everything up in one massive blog post!

Books I Read in The Months of September, October, and November

To be honest with you, I haven’t been reading much these past few months. A reading slump caught me off guard, and my work load and social life have greatly increased this year.

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SST: “Why I Created Brooding YA Hero” Guest Post by Carrie Ann DiRisio

Hello everyone! I’m so thrilled today to be apart of the Sunday Street Team blog tour from Brooding YA Hero! Today, author Carrie Ann DiRisio will be guest posting telling us why she created Brooding YA Hero. I hope you enjoy the post as much as I did!

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Learning to Love the Unlikeable Character// Guest Post by Grace from Inlustris Reads

Hello everyone! On my blog, I wanted to invite some people to guest post to get some new voices on Curlyhairbibliophile! Today, Grace from Inlustris Reads is going to be sharing a post about learning to love the unlikeable character. Enjoy!

Hello, beautiful people! It feels so weird knowing that this is reaching a whole new audience, but here goes! Hi, I’m Grace and I write over at Inlustris Reads, I like weird art and cats and fantasy novels.  Recently I’ve been thinking about unlikeable characters and how it can seem, as a collective YA community, that we expect so much from our characters in the books we read. Why is that?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved When I First Started Reading Young Adult

Hello everyone! Needless to say, my opinions in books has drastically changed since I first started blogging. If you go in the deep, dark trenches of my early Goodreads books, you’ll see almost all of these books. To save you the hassle, I thought I’d just list them here. Let’s get started!

 1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Who didn’t love these books in late 2010-2013? I remember so vividly when the movie was released. The Hunger Games was one of the first books I read that I truly fell in love with. Looking back, a 5th grader (aka me) probably shouldn’t be reading books like that so young. Although, I’m thankful I did because I probably wouldn’t be the reader I am today.

2. John Green’s Books

Ah, Mr. John Green, many of my first Young Adult reads were his books. I started with The Fault in Our Stars first, and then I read the rest of them (except for An Abundance of Katherines. I DNFed it).

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Many of these books are such basic YA books that pretty much everyone read. Divergent was no different. My Divergent obsession hit hard. I even dressed up with my friends for the midnight premiere of the movie; I dressed up as Dauntless. Looking back, I don’t think Divergent was even that great of a book. Especially later on in the trilogy with Insurgent and Allegiant. I’m just thankful for it because I wouldn’t be that big of a reader now.

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments was one of the first YA series that I really loved. Again, I don’t think I would have liked them if I had read them now. However, I’m so glad I did because it really helped me get more into YA books.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

Unlike the other series/authors on this list, I still really love Marie Lu. All of her books are quite different from the other, and I’m glad she was one of the first YA authors I read.

6. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

If I Stay was one of the first YA contemporaries I read besides John Green’s books. I actually read it right after I finished Harry Potter and I DEVOURED it.

7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Looking back, the representation in this book definitely isn’t very good. However, this was one of the first contemporaries that I read when I first dove into my love for YA. I even crossed out all the swearing in the book :).

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I remember when I first read this I loved it so much. It was right before the movie came out so everyone was very hyped about the series. However, I’m not as much of a fan as I was three years ago. I’m glad I read it all those years ago, but I don’t think I’d ever reread it or read any more of James Dashner’s books.

9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I actually picked up Delirium after a friend recommended it to me! I honestly don’t remember much about the trilogy (I haven’t even read a Lauren Oliver book since then).

10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Unlike some of the other books on this list, I still adore this book very much. I think it’s such a wonderful story with a great message.

One difference in my reading now and then is that I read so much more contemporaries now. I also read quite a bit more diverse novels. I’m glad that these books were my roots, but I’m so happy with the books I read now! 

What were some books you read when you first started reading? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know down in the comments!

-Liv

August Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! We’ve made it to September! *Pumpkin Spice Lattes increase*. I hope you all had a wonderful last month of summer. Sadly, I only read three books this month. However, I had an incredibly busy month as you’ll see by my ‘What Did I Do In The Month of July’. Let’s get into what I did and read in August!

Books I Read in The Month of August

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ★★★★/5
  • Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik ★★★★/5
  • The Color of Water by James McBride ★★★★/5

What Did I Do In The Month of August?

  • I visited New York City to see Great comet with Gretchen from chicnerdreads! It was so much fun. Great Comet is my ultimate favorite musical, and I was so glad to see it live finally. You can see some of my pictures on this blog post! Click Here!
  • I flew to Oklahoma! My mom and I needed to help my brother move in for college, so we went with him.
  • While we were in Oklahoma, we saw Ed Sheeran in concert 🙂
  • I started school! I’m trying to get adjusted to the new school year, but I’m really liking my new school so far.
  • ALSO: I’m selling some of my slightly used belongings on Depop. If you’re interested, this is the link to get to my online store!
  • ALSO PT. 2: I’m trying to win a competition to get Miss Saigon on Broadway tickets. For every person that clicks on my link, I get points. You literally can just open the link, and exit out of it right away; it just takes you to the Miss Saigon website. Click Here For My Link!

What’s In-Store for September? 

  • I’m volunteering at a theatre Sept. 9th! They needed help painting and organizing, so I thought it’d be fun!
  • I’m seeing a local production of Addams Family on Sept. 30th! It’s a dinner theatre, so I’m really excited to see how it’s done.

What (Might) I Be Reading In September?

  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

What did you do in the month of August? Did you read anything you really enjoyed? What do you have coming up in September?

-Liv

The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke {ARC Review}

I received The Girl with the Red Balloon from edelweiss in exchange of an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions. 

34448522.jpgWhen sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process. 

After following Katherine Locke on Twitter for quite a while, I was pretty excited to read The Girl with the Red Balloon. I’d just like to say now that this book definitely did not disappoint.

All of the characters were so wonderful. Although the book mainly follows Ellie, we also do get multiple P.O.V.s. Multiple P.O.V.s are generally something I shy away from, but I ended up really loving it in this book. It helped make the magic behind the red balloons a bit easier to understand.

With that being said, I did feel that at some points it was still pretty difficult to understand. I really didn’t understand the magic behind the balloons until 30% into the book. The book is ‘magical realism’ which makes some details pretty difficult to comprehend. After I grasped it all, I really enjoyed it! It was just trying to make it through the confusion.

The Girl with the Red Balloon is definitely not a light-hearted read. It deals with heavy-but relevant-topics such as antisemitism, Holocaust, racism, war, etc. If you are triggered/upset by any of those things, people take precaution before reading Girl with the Red Balloon. 

What everyone is probably wondering: are there diverse characters in this book? YES. And I love them all dearly. Kai (arguably the love interest) is a Romanian boy from England. Ellie (our beloved main character) is a Jewish American. Mitzi is a German Lesbian. Basically, there’s representation across the board and it’s WONDERFUL.

Overall, I really liked The Girl with the Red Balloon. It surely wasn’t perfect, but it was still an enjoyable read. I really hope you decided to pre-order/pick it up on Sept. 1!

So, what do I rate The Girl with the Red Balloon?

★★★★/5 STARS

Have you read or pre-ordered The Girl with the Red Balloon yet? What did you think of it? Are you normally a fan of magical realism? 

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Room Tour of August 2017!

Hello everyone! If you haven’t read my recent blog posts, then you may not know that I recently moved! I moved from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania in July. My room is significantly larger than my old room, so it’s a bit more ‘me’ than my old room. For that reason, I wanted to do a room tour to show you guys! Let’s get started!

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My room’s approximate size is 11×12.

Here is an overview of my room! Two of the walls are blue and the other two are white. All of my furniture is from Ikea except the cat tree.

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The Gemina ARC is actually a friend’s that I still need to return…Oops.

When you first walk into my room, you’ll see this small drawer table. It was initially suppose to be my bedside table, but there wasn’t enough room for it. Now it holds my socks and extra knickknacks.

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The little backpack hooks are dog butts 🙂

These things are hanging above the side table! The poster is from London when I visited in June. The backpack on the left will be my school bag, and the brown one on the right is my everyday one. I’ve carried it every day since 2014, and it’s holding up quite well!

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This is my bed! My bed frame is from Ikea along with my duvet. It’s a twin size. I could’ve gotten a queen, but yo girl wanted bookshelf space. I’m only 5’4 so having a smaller bed in order to have more furniture in my room doesn’t really bother me.

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Can you spot Gretchen from chicnerdreads?

This is my strand of polaroids hanging above my bed! I don’t have too many polaroids because I got my camera only a few months ago. The twine and the miniature clothes pins are from Michaels.

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The alpaca’s name is Steve.

These are the pillows on my bed. I actually bought the bear in London when I visited, and the llama I’ve had since I was twelve. Baymax I bought at Disneyland a few years ago.

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This is probably my favorite part out of my entire room.

My playbill frames! Truthfully, I’ve only seen five out of the seven shows. The other two I bought on eBay.

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(left to right) Phillip, Dolokov, Moritz, Pearl, Gabor, and an un-named one! I’m unsure what to name one).

This is my plant stand! I usually keep all of my plants on here, but my cats try to eat them. Usually I leave the plants somewhere on my bookshelves. I also call it my ‘cat crib’ because one of my cats loves to sleep in it.

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My pride and joy.

Let’s be real: this is the only reason everyone clicked on this post. My bookshelves! They’re identical Billy bookshelves, and I’m super happy with them. In my old room, I didn’t have enough room for two shelves. I’m really happy to actually have the space for them.

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I have an obsession with postcards now. They’re so underrated! Like $.50-2 to take a little piece of the place you visited with you? Heck yeah!

This is the wall above my desk! I tried to be a bit more simplistic than my old room which had pictures E V E R Y W H E R E. I’m pretty content with the little things I have up.

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I’ve had this desk for five years, and it’s just now starting to break. Go Ikea!

Finally, my desk! I actually don’t have a desk chair yet, so I mainly use it as storage right now. I will get one eventually, so I’ll actually be able to use this desk.

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This is my entire room! I hope you enjoyed this not-so-book related blog post. I’m really proud of my room, and I’m happy to have a place to call my own that I’m proud of.

Do you usually watch/read room tours? Have you ever posted one? If so, leave it in the comments! I’d love to watch!

-Liv

THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee Release Week Blitz (Excerpt + Giveaway!)

Hello everyone! I am so excited that THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee is available now! It’s one of my most anticipated reads this year, and I can’t wait to pick it up. If you haven’t heard about this book (where have you been??), be sure to
check out all the details below!
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post!
 
Title: THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO
Author: F.C. Yee
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old
Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under
siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are
suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a
beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

 

Read An Excerpt 

“GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I
have arrived.”
 
Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed me
hard for details, as apparently this wasn’t the first group mugging in recent
weeks.
 
But I’d let Officers Davis and Rodriguez down. Nice eyes and a winning
smile weren’t much to go by. I was too frazzled to notice anything before,
which meant this was my first decent look at the boy without the influence of
adrenaline.
 
So a couple of things.
 
One: He was short. Like, really short for a guy. I felt bad that my brain
went there first, but he wasn’t even as tall as Mrs. Nanda.
 
Two: He was totally okay, physically. I didn’t see how anyone could be up
and about after that beating, but here he was, unbruised and unblemished. I
felt relieved and disturbed at the same time to see there wasn’t a scratch on
him.
 
And his mint condition just made Point Three even more obvious.
 
He was . . . yeesh.
 
Nothing good could come of our new classmate being that handsome. It was
destructive. Twisted. Weaponized. He had the cheekbones and sharp jawline of a
pop star, but his thick eyebrows and wild, unkempt hair lent him an air of
natural ruggedness that some pampered singer could never achieve in a million
years of makeup.
 
“Argh, my ovaries,” Yunie mumbled. She wasn’t alone, judging by the soft
intakes of breath coming from around the room.
 
“Arrived from where?” said Mrs. Nanda.
 
Quentin looked at her in amusement. “China?”
 
“Yes, but where in, though?” said Mrs. Nanda, trying her best to convey
that she was sensitive to the regional differences. Fujianese, Taishanese,
Beijingren—she’d taught them all.
 
He just shrugged. “The stones,” he said.
 
“You mean the mountains, sweetie?” said Rachel Li, batting her eyelashes
at him from the front row.
 
“No! I don’t misspeak.”
 
The class giggled at his English. But none of it was incorrect, technically
speaking.
 
“Tell us a little about yourself,” Mrs. Nanda said.
 
Quentin puffed out his chest. The white button-down shirt and black pants
of our school’s uniform for boys made most of them look like limo drivers. But
on him, the cheap stitching just made it clearer that he was extremely
well-muscled underneath.
 
“I am the greatest of my kind,” he said. “In this world I have no equal.
I am known to thousands in faraway lands, and everyone I meet can’t help but
declare me king!”
 
There was a moment of silence and sputtering before guffaws broke out.
 
“Well . . . um . . . we are all high achievers here at SF Prep,” said
 
Mrs. Nanda as politely as she could. “I’m sure you’ll fit right in?”
 
Quentin surveyed the cramped beige classroom with a cool squint. To him,
the other twenty-two laughing students were merely peons on whom his important
message had been lost.
 
“Enough wasting of time,” he snapped. “I came to these petty halls only
to reclaim what is mine.”
 
Before anyone could stop him, he hopped onto Rachel’s desk and stepped
over her to the next one, like she wasn’t even there.
 
“Hey! Quentin!” Mrs. Nanda said, frantically waving her hands. “Get down
now!”
 
The new student ignored her, stalking down the column of desks. Toward
mine.
 
Everyone in his way leaned to the side to avoid getting kicked. They were
all too flabbergasted to do anything but serve as his counterweights.
 
He stopped on my desk and crouched down, looking me in the eye. His gaze
pinned me to my seat.
I couldn’t turn away. He was so close our noses were almost touching. He
smelled like wine and peaches.
 
“You!” he said.
 
“What?” I squeaked.
 
Quentin gave me a grin that was utterly feral. He tilted his head as if
to whisper, but spoke loud enough for everyone to hear.
 
“You belong to me”

 

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving
spreadsheets.
                       
 
 

Giveaway!

5 winners will receive Genie Lo prize packs—complete with a finished copy of the book and a special Genie Lo horoscope (that doubles as a bookmark!), US Only.

Enter Here!

Have you read THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO YET? Have you at least bought it and it’s on your TBR?

-Liv