Traveling Books: What Is It and How To Host One

Hello, everyone! I’m sure you’ve seen the phrase ‘traveling book’ thrown around online. You may be wondering what exactly that is. So, what is a traveling book? A traveling book is one book that is sent around to a number of people (the number can be however many you want!). Each reader can write, highlight, doodle, etc. inside the book. As someone who has been a part of one book and hosting one right now, I thought it would be fun to give my advice on how to do it. Let’s get started!

Hosting a Traveling Book

1. Decide which book you’re going to do

Personally, I would recommend a short/medium size contemporary to use as a traveling book. Contemporaries are generally short, easy reads which are good if there are people in your Traveling Book’s path that aren’t very fast readers.

2. Decide who your book is going to go to

I would recommend sending the book to Twitter mutuals/close friends. Basically, I would send it to people who you can hold accountable.

3. If you have a time limit, send it out 4-6 months in advance

Allowing 4-6 months for the book helps give it commute time and the ability for everyone to read it. By time limit; I mean if you’re giving it to the author at an upcoming signing, if you want the author to sign it when you meet them, etc. Pretty much, as far in advance as you can, the better.

4. Keep track of the book during its travels

Regularly check in to see where your book is. Possibly make a groupchat of everyone that the book will go to.

5. Ask everyone to be rather minimal with their commentaries

Depending on how many people you’re sending it to, ask everyone to be light with their notes and highlights. You want everyone to be able to give their opinions, and they can’t if three readers’ notes take up most of the book.

6. When you finally get the book back, read through the notes

It’s so much fun to read through the comments. In the traveling book I’m hosting, some of the readers even doodled in the margins.

Have you ever participated in a traveling book? Did you even know what it was before this post? Do you have anymore questions about traveling books? Leave them in the comments, and I’ll try to reply!

-Liv

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Blog Tour: Q&A with Jesse The Reader and Victoria Schwab

Hello,everyone! I’m ecstatic about the two guests I have today on my blog. In honor of the release of Because You Love to Hate Me, Victoria Schwab and Jesse George from Jesse The Reader are going to be answering a few Q&A questions!

 Jesse George’s Q&A

  1. Was Because You Love to Hate Me your first experience writing? How different was it to working on your BookTube channel?

    It wasn’t necessarily my first dip into the writing pool, but it was my first experience working with an editor. I tend to exercise a lot of writing for my videos whether that be during the brainstorming process or during the script writing process. Not all my videos are scripted, but my sketch videos tend to be. The primary difference in writing a piece for BYLTHM and working on my BookTube channel lies in the tone. My BookTube channel is more on the happy go lucky side of things, where as my BYLTHM piece dives into a bit of a darker topic. I’m excited for people to read the piece, though, because I feel like it’s different than what they’re used to seeing with me.

  2. Out of all fictional villains (books, movies, TV shows, etc), who would you be and why?

Without a doubt it would be Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events. He’s a villain that I love to hate. I find him ridiculous, outrageous, and completely over the top, which if you’ve seen my videos, you’ll know that a majority of them contain all of those things. My videos just lack the evil that Count Olaf brings to the table and I plan to keep it that way! 

  1. After Because You Love to Hate Me, do you think you’ll continue writing? Any specific projects you want to work on if so?

I’m currently working on two different writing projects! I won’t go into detail, because I’m terrified of jinxing myself, but I definitely hope to put out a book in the future. I’m in no rush, because I want to make sure I put out a piece of work that I’m proud of. I’m well aware that it’s going to take time to get to that point, but I’m looking forward to what the future holds. 

Victoria Schwab’s Q&A

  1. Was working on Because You Love to Hate Me  similar or different to writing your novels?

Writing short stories is a totally different art from writing novels, but I’m apparently even slower at it. It took me nearly 4 MONTHS to write “Death Knell” from first idea to finished draft. I had such a specific style for it in my head (I wanted it to feel like a folk song), and it became a matter of getting the execution just so.

  1. Out of all fictional villains (books, movies, TV shows, etc), who would you be and why?

I like to think Magneto from X-Men. My favorite villain is one who has a compelling backstory and a belief in what they’re doing. Anarchy is fun (see: Harley Quinn) but in the end, righteousness is more compelling. Plus, the ability to bend metal is pretty badass. So maybe this is more about who I’d WANT to be than who I would be.

  1. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be an author/start writing?

Honestly, get to “the end” of whatever you’re trying to do. You can’t fix a blank page, and making something better is easier than making something from scratch.

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Have you purchased your copy of Because You Love to Hate Me yet? Who is your favorite literary villain?  Thank you again to Jesse and Victoria for the Q&A Answers!

-Liv

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera {ARC Review}

I was sent a physical Advanced Reader’s Copy through Kristina Boling through Twitter. This in no way influences my opinion.

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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

I think I may have said this in every review I’ve done, but They Both Die At The End may be one of my favorite books of 2017. If you have yet to read an Adam Silvera novel, it’s better late than never. He’s an author that you need to have on your ‘auto-buy authors’ list immediately. One thing about Adam Silvera novels is that they are inexplicably sad; They Both Die At The End was no different.

When you pick up They Both Die At The End (notice I say When and not If), prepare a special box of tissues. You’ll be doing quite a lot of crying. You probably already assumed that from the title of it, though. In my opinion, this book was probably the most heart-shattering out of all Silvera novels.

This book really hit close to home for me. Silvera opens the book with a small message about how his books are very personal to him. He wrote that They Both Die At The End was more about the opportunities he’s missed versus an actual experience. I really needed to read this. I may have talked about this briefly, but I will be at a new high school this year. I’m really anxious around new people. TBDATE really made me realize this: I have one life. I have one life to live, and I can’t sit around and let it pass by me.

Emotions aside, let’s talk about the book. I really didn’t expect to fall in love with these characters as much as I did. Mateo and Rufus (my sons)  are now some of my favorite characters in YA. Both of them were very flawed and felt very real. The character development is quite phenomenal in this book even though it takes place in a 24 hour window.

I really enjoy Adam Silvera’s writing style, and it was no different in TBDATE. Throughout the course of the book, there are a few different points of view. They mainly talk about others’ last day. They’re all important to the story, though, so please don’t skip them!

The one caution I’d like to address is this: if the talk of death or mortality makes you uncomfortable/gives you anxiety/etc., I would proceed with caution when reading They Both Die At The End.

Overall, this book was perfection, and I was not disappointed at all. I urge you to pick up They Both Die At The End on September 5! Also, the book’s setting is Sept. 5, so it gives you even more reason to binge read it the day it’s released. 🙂

So, what do I rate They Both Die At The End?

★★★★★/5 Stars

Were you able to score an ARC of They Both Die At The End? Did you enjoy it? If not, have you preordered it yet?

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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Hello everyone! I’ve seen this tag circling the book community, and I thought I’d join in the fun! I don’t believe I’ve been tagged, but I’ll just do it anyway! My reading count for this year has been sadly low, but I’m still going to do this tag! Let’s get into the questions:

320756711. The Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

To be honest, I’ve read some amazing books in 2017. It was super hard to narrow it down to only one; I really wish I could just have a list for all of then. If I had to pick one book, it’d have to be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I wrote a book review about T.H.U.G. if you’d like to see my full thoughts on it! Just know this: it was an absolutely beautiful book and if you haven’t read it yet, you need to.

2. Your Favorite Sequel of 2017

I’ve only read one sequel in 2017…Oops. I guess my answer for this has to be The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig! I mainly only read stand-a-lones for this part of the year.

3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde! I feel like I may be the last person on the planet who hasn’t read this book yet! I have only heard wonderful things about it, so I’m really excited to read it soon!

4. Most Anticipated Read For The Second Half of The Year

For this question, I decided on 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. I have heard nothing but wonderful things from the ARC readers so far. 27 Hours is being released October 3 through Entangled Teen!

 

5. Your Biggest Disappointment

To no one’s surprise, my biggest disappointment was a book I needed to read for school: Lord of The Flies by William Golding. This book was one of the worst books I’ve ever read.

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One book that came as a surprise for me was Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. I was highly anticipating this book, but I was very fearful that I would be disappointed (I’m not sure why). It was a wonderful, hilarious, and touching read featuring an Ace protagonist. Tash Hearts Tolstoy was one of my top reads of this year.

7. Fave New To You Or Debut Author

One author I finally read in 2017 is Becky Albetalli! I seriously can’t believe I just read her this year because she is now one of my favorite authors of all time.

8. Your New Fictional Crush

Speaking of Albertalli’s books, Reid from The Upside of Unrequited is one of my new fictional crushes. He’s so soft and sweet. He’s a pure human.

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New favorite character has to go to Monty from The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee! He gives off very ‘Will Herondale’ vibes who was my 7th grade fictional crush. He’s just all around an awful, flawed, but hilarious character.

10. A Book That Made You Cry

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. I’m guessing most people probably figured out just why it made me cry by the title. 

11. A Book That Made You Happy

For this question, I think I’m going to go with When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon! This book was so adorable, and I think I was smiling the entire time I read it.

12. Fave Book To Movie Adaption You’ve Seen This Year

I don’t have an answer for this because I don’t watch a lot of movies. I don’t think I’ve seen a single one this year.

13. Fave Book Post Published This Year

My favorite post this year is the post I did about the 13 Reasons Why TV show and how it can be harmful. I got quite a lot of feedback from it, and I’m quite proud of it!

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The book I chose for this answer is We Are Okay by Nina LaCour! Not only is the cover/format of the book stunning, but the content inside is very poignant novel. It’s really hard to put my feelings into words. Just know that it is absolutely wonderful but very sad.

15. What Are Some Books You Need To Read Before The End Of The Year?

I’m going to do a bullet list of the ones I need to read because there are A LOT.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

I Tag…

Have you done the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag? If so, leave your link in the comments! I’d love to read them. 

-Liv

 

June Wrap-Up

My life needs to SLOW. DOWN. so I actually can accomplish the things I want to during each month. My life has been such a whirlwind the past few month; I’m hoping to get back into reading and blogging in the month of July. In the month of June, I read four books. Let’s get into what I read!

Books I Read in The Month of June 

  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson ★★★★/5 Stars
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee ★★★★★/5 Stars
  • The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee ★★★★★/5 Stars

What Did I Do In The Month of June?

  • I went to London! It was a trip with my Grandma and Mom. London was such a beautiful city, and I’m hoping to go back someday.
  • While in London, I saw Les mis and Phantom of The Opera! They were both such amazing shows.
  • I went to a book panel in Irving, TX on June 15th! It was absolutely hilarious and one of my favorite panels I’ve ever watched.
  • I moved from Oklahoma! We’re closing on our house in Pennsylvania the first week of July, so we’re staying with family in the meantime.

What’s In-Store for July? 

  • The completion of our move to Pennsylvania! I’m so ready to be in my new house.
  • I’m trying to take a day trip to New York City to see a few Broadway shows!
  • That’s it! I’ve had such a busy past few months I’m ready for a chill(er) month.

What (Might) I Be Reading in July ?

  • Because You Love to Hate Me by by Ameriie (and many others)
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  • The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

How was the month of June for you? How many books did you finish? Did you go to any cool book events?

-Liv