Life Calls

Hi all!

Just a brief note to let you know that posts may be sporadic/absent for the next couple of weeks as I’m currently in the midst of some job upheaval. I’ll try to post as much as I can, but I’m spending a lot of time working.

Off to Book Con

Book Con – May 31, 2014

As pretty much anyone who follows anyone book-related (especially on Twitter) knows, this week is Book Expo America which takes place at the Javits Center in New York. This year, in addition to BEA, is Book Con. Book Con (from what I can tell) seems to be a new offshoot that anyone, instead of just industry professionals/bloggers, can attend. It will be taking place tomorrow, and the day will be filled with awesome panels, autographing sessions, various publisher booths, etc. The most exciting thing about Book Con for me is that I’m attending! I have read everyone’s blog posts and tweets about BEA for the last couple years and dreamed of attending, and now I’ll be able to get a little taste of BEA with Book Con. I’m beyond thrilled (also super nervous), and I cannot wait to get there.

What To Bring

Inspired by several blog posts/common sense

Books for signings (obviously the most important things!)
– I’m taking Shiver & Linger by Maggie Stiefvater and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Tunes & Snacks (long ride for us)

Notebook (I love taking notes!), pens, and a Sharpie (this was on everyone’s list)

Business cards

Basic toiletries (I’ve seen deodorant/perfume mentioned a lot)

Extra bag or a bag with extra space (for whatever you pick up along the way)

What to Wear

Layers seem to be the way to go (I’ve heard Javits is hot AND cold…)

Good, comfortable shoes

What to Do

*My top picks for panels/autograph sessions

MUST SEE:

  • Maggie Stiefvater autographing (ticketed, so wish me luck!)
  • “My First Novel: Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Writing, Publishing and Promoting a Book”
  • “Epic Storytelling with Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater”
  • Morgan Matson autographing
  • “The Fault in Our Stars”

SECOND CHOICES:

  • “The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks”
  • Cassandra Clare autographing (also, ticketed)
  • “Your Opinion Sucks! Special Edition: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans; Best and Worst Book-to-Film Adaptations”
  • Danielle Fishel Q & A + autographing
  • “Dystopian Futures: Are They Science-Fact-or-Fiction?”

As you can probably tell, I’m very excited about this trip although I’m still trying to convince myself it isn’t just a dream. However, it will all definitely feel real when we get to Javits tomorrow morning (bright & early), and I’m hoping it isn’t too chaotic. If I post anything during the day it will be on Twitter, so follow me there if you’re interested (@hallowswitch), and be sure to check back here next week for a recap!

Have any tips for attending BEA/Book Con? Please share! 

 

Update

Sorry for the lack of posts. School has been keeping me busy lately, and I must admit, I’ve been spending almost every spare moment swept away to a world of fire and ice. 😉 I’m 3/4 of the way through Feast of Crows, and it’s intense. George R.R. Martin has created a fascinating series!

Familiar Faces #3

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Familiar Faces

Brought to you with the purpose of identifying all those familiar faces that keep popping up on your TV.

 

vanessalengiesVanessa Lengies

Currently: Sugar on Glee (FOX)

One of the only reasons I was excited by Sugar when she first appeared on Glee was because of Vanessa. My sister and I were big fans of American Dreams, and I’m always thrilled to see Vanessa Lengies on my screen. While I’ve been catching up on various older seasons/TV shows, I have also been pleasantly surprised to see her appear again and again.

Notable Appearances: American Dreams, Roxanne // Moonlight, Leni // HawthoRNe, Kelly

 

 

Andrew (Andy) Lawrence

Currently: Eric on Hawaii Five-O (CBS)andrewlawrence

He may be the least famous of the fabulous trio of Lawrence brothers (older brothers are Joseph -Melissa & Joey- and Matthew -Boy Meets World), but many people have seen(or heard) Andrew Lawrence. He appeared in three fantastic DCOMs during the height of the DCOM era (late 90s/early 00s), and has since guest starred on shows across the networks.

Notable Appearances: Horse Sense & Jumping Ship, Tommy // Recess (voice), T.J. // Jason, United States of Tara // Bones, Tim // Castle, Tommy

Familiar Faces #2

Familiar Faces

Brought to you with the purpose of identifying all those familiar faces that keep popping up on your TV.

Phoebe Tonkin

Currently: Hayley on The Vampire Diaries (CW)

Ironically, when I first saw Phoebe Tonkin (and fellow Vampire Diaries star, Claire Holt) on H2O, I was not a huge fan of her character, but since she has made the leap across the pond, I’ve been nothing but impressed. Anyway if you tune in to either CW or Nick, you’ve likely seen her on H2O, the short-lived Secret Circle, or, of course, Vampire Diaries.

Notable Appearances: H20, Cleo // Secret Circle, Faye

Emilie de Ravin

Currently:  Belle on Once Upon a Time (ABC)

If you don’t recognize the lovely Emilie de Ravin, where have you been lately?! Granted, much of her work on TV has been genre specific, with starring roles on shows like Roswell and Lost. Either way, Emilie de Ravin is definitely an actress that has appeared in a variety of fantastic projects.

Notable Appearances: NCIS, Nancy // Remember Me, Ally // Lost, Claire // Roswell, Tess

Jamie Campbell Bower

Currently: Jace in City of Bones (2013)

Jamie has quite the resume with roles in three major film franchises (and he’s starring as Jace, in the highly anticipated movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s popular book series which has the possibility of becoming a new huge film franchise). You may have also seen Jamie pop up on your TV, but mainly his work is in film. Like him or not, Jamie definitely has become a familiar face.

Notable Appearances: Camelot, Arthur // Twilight: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Caius // Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Grindewald

Christmas Reads

Christmas is drawing near, and what better way to get in the spirit than to read?

01. Gideon’s Gift by Karen Kingsbury
Red Glove Series #1

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury tells the poignant tale of a little girl’s gift to a bitter, homeless man that changes both of their lives and reminds them of the true meaning of Christmas.

I read this one every year, and I adore it. It’s such a sweet, spirited story, and, even though it’s short, it is deep and meaningful.

Also Recommend: Sarah’s Song by Karen Kingsbury (Red Gloves #3)

02. The Quiet Little Woman, Tilly’s Christmas, and Rosa’s Tale by Louisa May Alcott

Introducing a newly discovered original Christmas story from Louisa May Alcott — the beloved author who has entertained generations of readers with Little Women, Little Men, and other enchanting tales.The Quiet Little Woman is about a lonely orphan girl named Patty, whose only desire is for a family to love her. Her tender story will warm the hearts of readers young and old alike. Two bonus stories — Tilly’s Christmas and Rosa’s Tale — are included in this exquisite edition. The message of hope and love makes this book an ideal Christmas gift, sure to become a family tradition and treasured keepsake. 

Another collection that I like to reread every Christmas. These stories are quite short, but are sweet, sentimental tales that I enjoy every time I read them.

Also Recommend: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (not strictly Christmas, but a good one for the season)

03. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Narnia #1

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

This book may not be strictly a Christmas story, but I love to revisit it every Christmas because it reminds me of the true spirit of Christmas.

What are your favorite holiday reads?

Spooktober Challenge #2

Spooktober Challenge #2

Today, I have the fsecond challenge that will gain you entries towards the mega-giveaway at the end of the month. So far the prize for the US winner includes copies of Vampire Academy, Night World, Vampire Diaries, and much more*! The INT winner will receive a (complete/partial)boxset of one the series featured this month.  More details to come, but for now, the challenge!

*This is what I’ve assembled for the US winner(s) so far, more to come!

Guess the Quote

In the form below, type your guess (title & author) for the numbered covers featured.

01. “You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”

02. “Two people connected, bound to each other forever, soul to soul, in a way that even death couldn’t break. Two souls that were destined for each other.”

03. “Baby bunnies.” She narrowed her eyes, so I grinned and said, “Adult bunnies, too. I’m an equal-opportunity bunny-eater.”

04. “You will lose what you value most, so treasure it while you can.”

05. “You better smile, or we’re toast,” I said. “Everything about you screams social malcontent with a grudge and a trunk full of weapons.”

06. “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

07. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

08. “I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”

09. “And that is how change happens.  One gesture.  One person.  One moment at a time.”

10. “We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

 

And you can still participate in Challenge #1 as well!

Spooktober Giveaways – Reminder

Giveaway Reminders! 

Enter the Vampire Giveaway now!! Ends 8/19!
Enter the Werewolf Giveaway starting tomorrow!! Ends 8/19!
And don’t forget to check back for the Ghosts Giveaway (8/19-8/31) & the Witches Giveaway (8/26-8/31)!

**Open anywhere the Book Depository ships to.**

Enter your guesses for Challenge #1, for a chance to win the end-of-the-month prize pack!

**Prize Pack is US only // Boxset for the INT winner**

Changes & Apologies & Updates

Yes, I know I have been neglecting this place terribly, and I am sorry. It was just a rather crazy summer. Then, of course, school has begun again. The first week of school was absolutely insane, but I am hoping things are calming down now.

Plus, after all the “high school” drama in the book blogging world the last few months, I will admit that I have been rather unsure about continuing to blog. So I have come to some decisions about continuing Paper Dreams.

Changes:

Paper Dreams will be changing genres a bit. I plan to continue book blogging, but I also want to include more posts about TV and movies. This is due to a variety of reasons. The biggest being that book blogging has made me lose my love of reading to some extent. I read only about three books over the entire summer, which is an absolutely ridiculous number for me. Generally, I read dozens upon dozens of books during the summer, but this year I just couldn’t bring myself to. Reading had become a chore, and I also felt as if I had lost my honesty in reviewing. Don’t get me wrong, the reviews I posted are true to my feelings at the time, but I have also felt an enormous pressure to like certain books and authors. It has made me doubt my own judgment. So I have been trying to take a step back from blogging and to rediscover the joy I’ve always found in fiction. I feel like branching out with Paper Dreams will allow me to not get so overwhelmed by focusing so narrowly on Young Adult Fiction.

Thank you so much to all my fantastic readers and the followers who have stuck with me. I hope you will continue to visit Paper Dreams, but if not I completely understand.

Recommend A…Book That Made You Emotional

Recommend A… is a fabulous feature that allows bloggers to recommend a book based on a weekly prompt. Recommend A… is hosted by Chick Loves Lit, more information can be found here.

Recommend a Book That Made You Emotional

Taylor’s family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it’s stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them very aware that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

Not only did this book make me smile, cringe, but it made me sob like crazy. It is such a beautiful mixture of love and grief, heartbreak and redemption. Just like her debut (Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour), Morgan Matson takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride. This is a must read!