Thursday, December 18, 2014

Diary of a Book Lush: the Twilight Saga



Per your convenience, here's the typed out version!

Welcome to Diary of a Book Lush, in which I tell you about the stories revolving around my experiences with certain books, which are sometimes more memorable than the book itself. Today's all about a book I read after I saw the movie. Our dear friend, TWILIGHT. I actually had no idea about the saga until I heard my friends talking about it. I have to pause here and let you know more about this situation: So I was caught between two cliques in high school. My best friend was a part of the "art freaks," but I wanted to do more socially traditional things like go to prom so I wasn't entirely in that group, and also sometimes hung out with these other girls who I shared less interests with but who I could generally talk to about crushes and various girl issues. So when this group started talking about seeing the movie, I was like, maybe this is finally my chance to fit into one all encompassing group. At the time I was working at a pizzeria, I thought that I would get off on time to catch the movie. I was SO bummed when the time came and passed and I'd essentially wasted $10 - whatever the old movie rates were - of my hard-earned paycheck on a movie that I hadn't gotten to see. Hearing my friends talk about it too? Oh, wow, I was so much more determined to see the film. About a month later, I dragged my best friend, Melissa, to see the movie with me. "Please, please, please" I kept saying to her, but she already knew that she would hate it. Winter break, matinee a, we sat all the way in the back. There weren't that many people in the theater but I could tell that she was going to be mocking it for most of the time. She didn't even get that far. she kept squirming further down her seat and when Edward - Robert Pattinson - first appeared, these girls in the front row were like "EDWARD" and threw their buckets of ice into the air before running out of the theater, giggling. Picture this: Melissa: "BLEEEEEEEEEEP, I can't do this man, I can't." She gets out of the theater as fast as possible. Me? I wasn't going to miss seeing the movie a second time. When it was finished, I wondered whether this was what my friends had talked about or if they had changed a lot in the adaptation. Back when Borders still existed, I bought the first two copies mostly because they were huge and what if I didn't like all four of them? There was something compulsively readable about them. I was supposed to hang out with one of the girls for a New Year's party, sleep over at her house. By that time I was on New Moon. And there it was: the irony. I seriously considered staying at home so that I could finish the book. I started off looking into the movie and books because of her and the other girls and yet I was close to abandoning them for New Moon. And in the morning after the party, I woke up super early just to continue reading. Flipping the pages in the barely there light. Afterward I had to get the third and fourth books and then I read Midnight Sun too. The funny thing was, after all that? They weren't my favorite books. I reread a lot of scenes and it was compulsively readable but I very rarely told people about the books. The one thing I will credit Twilight with is that the series reminded me of how much I loved to read. At the time I'd only been reading the books assigned in my English class. Ever since then I started to stroll through the young adult sections and here I am today. All right my fellow book lushes, let me know what your Twilight story was like! And if you haven't read Twilight yet... wow.

(PS - as I explained last week, this is a part of "Tubin' Thursdays" here where I'll hopefully post videos from my booktube to facilitate discussion :)).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (66)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.



Monday, December 15, 2014

TBR: Releases to Watch for!

Hello, everyone! I recently realized that I've been reading a bunch of titles that I ought not to review SO SO SO far in advance of their release dates, but if no one talks about them, how are people supposed to keep an eye out for these awesome books??? So, below the cut, you'll find me pre-release and pre-review squeeing about: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (03/2015), Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (02/2015), Magonia by Maria Headley (04/2015), Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (05/2015), and Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (05/2015).


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Diary of a Book Lush: Harry Potter 7 {Tubin' Thursdays}

Tubin' Thursdays will hopefully become a regular weekly feature at Christina Reads YA in which I share the latest video from my new booktube channel, The Lushables. It's not always set what video I'll post (though these coming weeks, I'll probably be posting my "Diary of a Book Lush" videos), and I don't want to bombard my book blog subscribers with every video I might make. You can think of "Diary of a Book Lush" as me telling you stories about my reading experiences over a cup of coffee or the drink of your choice ;). Here's what's happened so far on the BookTube, and check below the cut for the video & discussion this week!


Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (65)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Introducing The Lushables, My Booktube Channel

Surprise! I've been hinting at this for over a year because I've been thinking about creating a booktube channel for over a year. I tried once before, sometime last year, to make a video about my favorite books, thinking that talking about my favorite books would help with the nervousness, but breaking news! being depressed and self-conscious do not make for a good booktube. Who would've thought? I was happy to find that I'm less self-conscious now (maybe tripping nearly every day on my way to work has actually been beneficial...) and potentially less awkward - y'all can be the judge of that, though really I've always been an awkward penguin. Maybe now a more accepted penguin?

huzzah!

And now the video:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (64)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

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