Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds: Cover Reveals

Since making a bookish rounds post to cover all the news that I've missed since I last posted one (June 4!) will take ages for me to compile, I've decided to go about it rather slowly. First here are all the cover reveals that I've seen thus far from June 4 to now. Undoubtedly, when I do post the bookish rounds, I will have more cover reveals that I missed since I'll be looking through publisher twitter feeds, but for now, check out the last month's cover reveals!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Changing Expectations across Book Formats

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Something I've been more conscious of since I started to read more audiobooks was how my expectations and standards had changed across various book formats. People told me a while back that they missed my discussion posts, so I thought I might revive them with a discussion on how our standards might change consciously and subconsciously. Also, I have limited working mobility, since two of my fingers on my right hand are in a splint (nothing serious!), and you'd be surprised at how tiring typing gets then. So voila to this post instead of a cover reveal round-up.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Audiobook Mini Reviews of July (So Far)

I'm not entirely sure how to review an audiobook. To me reviewing a regular print book is a lot less subjective because it's easier to evaluate the finer technical points of the writing when I'm seeing the words right in front of me than when I'm listening to them in the background (e.g. doing other work and reading at the same time :O). Or maybe I'm just uncomfortable reviewing audiobooks because I haven't listened to them much in the past. Either way, I thought I'd share some thoughts with y'all about the audiobooks I've read recently.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Upcoming Bookish Events (NYC/NJ)

Something I realized that I want to do now that I’m in Jersey, closer to NYC and the heart of publishing, is go to more bookish related events. There’s a lot of potential here – I didn’t bother to search for any events when I was in Southern California because most of them were not near me, or I didn’t care enough to brave the traffic…. Here, though, it’s a different matter altogether: so many different bookstores and powerhouse bookstores that are constantly hosting events and authors I like to read! I also feel like I need to plan ahead so that I can set aside money (because going to NYC is kinda expensive, plus so many of the events I'd have to plan for after work, etc.).

Do you live nearby? Are you going to any of these events? Do you have any recommendations for bookish events? I’ll be going alone most likely (have broached the topic of books with my new friends + coworkers, and I don’t think any of them are interested in YA books) and would love to meet you!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Why Graphomania + Giveaway

Please join me in welcoming Sasha Dawn, the author of Oblivionpublished by EgmontUSA on May 27, 2014, to Christina Reads YA. I was asked to host Sasha on her second/continuing blog tour, and I asked Sasha to post about either what it was like to write YA versus teach college composition, or "why graphomania" for her novel (see summary below). You can tell which she's answered :) (with a touch of the other). I hope y'all are as excited for Oblivion as I am! (+ a giveaway below if you are :))

(Who isn't excited for this book with that banner?)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Update:: Audiobooks Are Awesome (Recommendations?) + Life

Helloooo, everyone! How are y'all?

I'm doing fine. I'm still around despite my less frequent posts. It was my hope that I'd have some reviews squared away before I had moved because I knew that I'd struggle to balance my free time but alas. No such luck. I am struggling with balancing time. I can no longer drive everywhere the way I did in California, which sometimes saved time and sometimes didn't. My commute to and from work, round-trip, is about 1.5 to 2 hours via train and walking. When I want to go to the gym, I walk the two mile round-trip and that's an hour without the workout (I like to stroll. Power walking is not my thing...). When I get home, I'm making dinner or washing dishes or showering because of all the sweat I've released in this gross humidity. I'm struggling to stay awake at night and concentrate. I don't have a desk yet because IKEA messed up my bed order, so I feel less productive in this half-assembled room. It's not organized and so then I don't feel that necessary connection to get things done, which is bad because I have other work I'd like to do as well. And it turns out, I have a clean obsession somewhere in me (I'm turning into my mother AHHHHH (but my mother is awesome, so whatever)). I'm pretty messy in my room, but I'm diligent about the kitchen and dishes and the bathroom and I already know I'll be cleaning things if not every day, every weekend. I live with two guys, one of whom is not here yet, and unless he's also clean, which seems unlikely given what I've observed of men from my brothers and college spiblings, it'll probably get worse soon.

The good thing is.... this made me realize how awesome audiobooks are.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Books to Anticipate (+ ARC Giveaway)

Hello, friends! I already wrote about attending BEA here and here, if you're curious. Some of the books I am about to review I received from BEA. One I received prior to BEA. Of these five books, I will be giving away four (one is personalized...). I hope that the four winners will really enjoy these novels (PS - see yesterday's post for other books to anticipate + its giveaway). Please join me in getting excited for these novels!

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