Making Reading More Fun!

Ask any of my close friends and family and they’ll tell you that I have the shortest attention span of anyone they know.

In fact, it often makes me struggle to finish books in a timely manner because I JUST CAN’T FOCUS.

Well…Friday I had an idea that made reading much easier to focus on.

I wrote notes to the next reader.

No, not IN the book, I put them on sticky notes…I hate writing on the actual pages- negative.

Last year at RT convention, my friend who went with me was SO EXCITED about Kasie West. I’d never read any of her books, but she assured me that I would like her books.

As luck would have it- I ended up with a copy of one of her books from the day and got to meet her and get it signed at the same party.

…That conference was a year ago yesterday and I still haven’t gotten around to reading that book.

So I kept seeing that Kasie has a new book coming out, PS I Like You. I requested it from Scholastic awhile back and got an ARC.

I promised that friend she could read it since she’s who told me about Kasie and decided to start it last Friday. I decided to write the notes originally just because it was my first Kasie West book and I knew she’d think it was funny.

 I finished and got the book to her Saturday and earlier I got a notification on Instagram that she has finished and added notes.

It looks like this  now with many more notes not hanging out of the sides where they are visible.

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This was such a FUN way to pay attention to what I was reading and still also be able to share my thoughts with the next reader as they read it.

Plus, I just find it hilarious that she added her own notes too!

A review is coming for this book SOON, but if you’re a Kasie West fan, or even just love a cute contemporary romance, order it ASAP!

-M

Now what can I decorate with sticky notes next…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose and the Dagger

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Summary:

(Taken from Goodreads)

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I’m excited:

The Wrath and the Dawn was easily one of my favorite books from 2015. Honestly, there wasn’t any question about it being a favorite!

However…this is how I felt at the end of Wrath:

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WHAT. WAS. THAT.

It was an amazing book, but that ENDING. I’ve been dying for Rose  ever since I finished the first book. It was a wild ride and then had an abrupt ending that left me chomping at the bits for more.

Let’s be real though- that’s exactly what a book SHOULD do!

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the first book at RT Convention last year and I’ve done nothing, but sing it’s praises since then.

I’m excited that this is a duology because I don’t think I could take another wait like the last cliffhanger! Plus, that just means we can see what else the author has up her sleeves with something entirely different!


Have you read Wrath and the Dawn and if so are you just as ready for this next installment as I am?

-Melanie

RT Convention Giant Book Fair

I live around 3 hours from New Orleans, so when I learned about the RT Convention I was curious. Mostly about the Giant Book Fair where there are HUNDREDS of authors lined up for signings. There are other events during the day, but those were sold out when I decided to go, so I only did the book fair. It was FREE because I showed my library card. Had I forgotten it, it would’ve only been $5. That’s a steal for all of the amazing authors I got to meet!

Anyways, here’s some pictures and stories from my amazing day:

Image My friend Kristin went with me. She’s also a huge book nerd. We had a BLAST. She was more into the adult authors and I was mainly there for YA, but we still had tons of fun.

 

 

PC AND KRISTIN CAST!! I love the House of Night books, so I was so excited to meet them. My mom decided she needed a pic with them too since they’re mother/daughter. They were super sweet. I got my copy of Marked signed and randomly had one of my cousins’ books and brought it to get signed too since she couldn’t go. Image

 

CHARLAINE HARRIS!!!!! I love the Sookie Stackhouse books—side note: I don’t watch or like True Blood, but I love this book series. Her line was obviously NUTS, so they passed out numbered wristbands. I was about to give up waiting for my number when I heard my group and went running. I got my first book in the series signed 🙂

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That dang black wristband….so long to wait for my number!

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KIARA CASS!!!!!!!!! I’m a HUGE Selection fan, so she’s probably who I was most looking forward to. She signed two of my books, The Selection and The One, because I actually had my copy of The Elite loaned out to someone. They offered to return it for the weekend, but I wanted her to get done and enjoy the book more than I wanted to get it signed. I also got sent with a book from one of my students. She’s going to be SO excited when I give it to her tomorrow 🙂

 

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All in all, this was a BLAST! I wish I’d done the entire day with the parties and things that were after the signing, but it didn’t work out in my favor. Next year’s convention is in Dallas and I’m already planning to visit for the FanDay!