Holiday Readathon Announcement: TistheSeasonAThon!

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Hi, friends! I’m so excited to announce our holiday readathon that will be taking place December 3-9, 2018! This readathon is called TISTHESEASONATHON and it is designed for anyone who loves to read holiday themed books. We want this to be laid back and fun, so please do not stress! You can combine several prompts to fit one book, you can read however many books you want, or you don’t even have to follow our prompts at all! We’re just excited to share this week with you and hope to make lots of new friends.

TistheSeasonAThon is hosted by:
Chelsea from Chelsea Dolling Reads
Heather from Bookables
Kristin from Super Space Chick
Trina from Between Chapters
Amy from A Court of Crowns and Quills

Please remember to use the hashtag #TISTHESEASONATHON on instagram and twitter. There will be random twitter sprints which you can follow along on our twitter account: @TISTHESEASONNN.

There will also be photo challenges (prompts TBA!) so please follow our instagram account for updates: @TISTHESEASONATHON.

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The Reading Challenges:
1) Read a book with red or green on the cover.
2) Read a book while listening to holiday music.
3) Read a warm & fuzzy book.
4) Read a short book (under 250 pages).
5) Read a holiday themed book.
6) Bonus challenge: Read our buddy-read book, Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West.

As you can see I am the only non-booktube host but I will be super active on our @tistheseasonathon instagram account! I will be so honored if you joined us and I truly can’t wait to start reading all the warm, fuzzy books!

Let me know if you’ll be participating or if you have any questions! Yay! ❤

xx,

Amy

#FridayFrightAThon 2018: Come Join Us in October!

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Hi, friends! I’m very excited to announce that me and a few of my favorite bookworms will be hosting a thriller read-along this October! Each Friday we will start a new book (dates listed in the image above). We would be honored if you joined us! To follow along use the hashtag #FridayFrightAThon on Instagram and Twitter. You are free to join any or all discussions! We can’t wait to start and have high hopes these books will be amazing.

#FridayFrightAThon will be co-hosted with these lovely ladies: Melanie @ Meltotheany, Jen @ Pinot and Pages, & Chelsea @ Chelsea Palmer. ❤

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara: October 5th, 2018

Okay, so we’re kicking off our read-along with a true crime thriller about the investigation of the Golden State Killer (also known as EAR/ONS: East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker.) This case has spanned decades and the killer was finally caught earlier this year through familial DNA. Sadly the author, Michelle McNamara, passed away two years ago before she got to see the killer brought to justice. I am high key excited for this book.

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 5th: Pages 1 – 51
October 6th: Pages 52 – 107
October 7th: Pages 108 – 168
October 8th: Pages 169 – 234 (up to “Walnut Creek”)
October 9th: Pages 234 – 283
October 10th: Pages 284 – 328

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware: October 12th, 2018

I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 despite its polarizing reviews, but I have heard great things about this one. I think Ruth Ware is great at building these Agatha Christie-esque mysteries where there are a group of suspects trapped in one place and we have to figure out whodunnit. I actually have NO idea if this book will be set up that same way, but that’s how her previous books (that I’ve read) are structured. I have high hopes for this one!

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 12th: Pages 1 – 60 (Chapter 9)
October 13th: Pages 61 – 124 (Chapter 16)
October 14th: Pages 125 – 185 (Chapter 23)
October 15th: Pages 186 – 248 (Chapter 34)
October 16th: Pages 249 – 304 (Chapter 43)
October 17th: Pages 305 – 368 (End!)

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio: October 19th, 2018

This book has such high ratings and the premise sounds the most intriguing to me: A man who was formerly part of a Shakespearean acting troupe is released from jail and bears his confession to a detective about the dark, twisted things that went on in the theater.

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 19th: Act I (Pages 1 – 79)
October 20th: Act II (Pages 83 – 141)
October 21st: Act III, Scenes 1 – 8 (Pages 145 – 189)
October 22nd: Act III, Scenes 9 – 18 (Pages 190 – 244)
October 23rd: Act IV (Pages 247 – 296)
October 24th: Act V (Pages 299 – 354)

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: October 26th, 2018

I legit don’t even know what this is about because I’ve been avoiding reading the synopsis! (I tend to do this with mysteries/thrillers) But I am probably one of the few people who liked Final Girls lmao. I mean, it wasn’t my favorite by any means, but I still enjoyed reading it. Again, I’ve heard polarizing things about this book, but I’m really excited to dive back into another Riley Sager book!

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 26th: Pages 1 – 62 (Chapter 6)
October 27th: Pages 63 – 128 (Chapter 13)
October 28th: Pages 129 – 191 (Chapter 20)
October 29th: Pages 192 – 252 (Chapter 26)
October 30th: Pages 253 – 311 (Chapter 32)
October 31st: Pages 312 – 370 (Chapter 44)

Okay! That’s it! I really hope you’ll join our buddy readathon/readalong/whatever you want to call it! We have page breakdowns, but please DO NOT feel any pressure to stay on schedule! Please read at whatever pace you want. We want this to be super laid back and just have fun. And I’m going to be super careful about mentioning anything spoilery during the whole month! Hope to see you all in October ❤

xx,

Amy

COVER REVEAL: The City of Veils by S. Usher Evans + GIVEAWAY!

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Today I am excited to be part of a cover reveal tour for The City of Veils by S. Usher Evans hosted by MTMC Tours! Below you’ll find information about the book and the link to the giveaway!

Book: The City of Veils

Series: Princess Vigilante #1

Author: S. Usher Evans

Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray

Publishing Date: April 16, 2019

Genres: YA Fantasy

Book Description:

For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night – at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn’t sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn’t the third.

The City of Veils is the first book in the Princess Vigilante trilogy, an epic YA Fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath. It will be released by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 16, 2019.

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About S. Usher Evans:

View More: http://ashleyvictoriaphotography.pass.us/whitneyevans

Usher Evans was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. After a decade of fighting bureaucratic battles as an IT consultant in Washington, DC, she suffered a massive quarter-life-crisis. She decided fighting dragons was more fun than writing policy, so she moved back to Pensacola to write books full-time. She currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit, and frequently can be found plotting on the beach.

Evans is the author of the Demon Spring Trilogy, the Razia Series, the Madion War Trilogy, the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, and Empath.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway:

A preorder for The City of Veils plus a YA book of your choice worth $15 from Book Depository. Open International.

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Thank you to MTMC Tours for hosting this cover reveal and amazing giveaway!

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Why Do I Tab Pages in My Books?

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The number one question I receive on my bookstagram is “Why do you tab your pages?” To be honest I never really gave it much thought; if I liked something I read, I’d place a little tab on the page. But there are a few reasons I do it, so I figure I’d share it with you! Please note I’m NOT a professional reviewer at all! This is all just something I love to do!

I like quotes:

Have you ever read a quote that’s so beautiful (or sometimes funny) that speaks to your soul? If so, I like to make a note of that. Sometimes I’ll include it in a book review or sometimes I just like to “bank” it in my bookish memory.

Information that could be relevant for reviewing:

This is the biggest reason I began tabbing my books. Sometimes I’ll read 2-3 books at a time, and recently they’ve been ARCs, so I want to make sure I’m relaying the correct information when it comes time to post my reviews. It helps me refer back to important themes or passages. I also keep a notebook nearby to jot down any key points I want to remember for reviewing.

To color code or not to color code?

Ah, another question I get a lot. No, I don’t color code. I know lots of people who do, though! I’ve seen people use different colored page tabs to identify quotes they liked, which character said a certain quote, or they designate just one color for informational purposes. It’s really up to you!

Highlighting, notating, underlining?

I know marking in books can be so taboo! I’ll admit I was terrified to mark my pages, but you know what? This is your book. Do whatever you want with it. Worse comes to worse, you can replace it with a new copy (given that it’s not a limited edition or whatever lol). Like a passage or quote? Highlight or underline it! Want to express your thoughts? Go ahead and notate those margins! Afraid of something too permanent? You can find pens with erasable ink on Amazon. Highlighter tape that’s removable exists. I don’t mark my pages often since I prefer just using page flags, but there’s something about marking books that feels liberating!

I know for some of you this is all obvious information, but I hope it was still somewhat helpful. Do I always go back to these tabs? No. Sometimes I never refer back to those tabs ever again when I’m writing a review. And sometimes I’m constantly flipping through the book during review time. I think it just depends on the genre and subject material!

Tell me, do you tab or mark your books? Why? 🙂

xx,

Amy