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ContempConvos: Giveaway Winner!

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It is time to announce the giveaway winner!

First, I want to thank every single one of you one more time for participating either via posting, reading, tweeting, and any other way. You guys made this a really fun event and even though it was a lot of work for both Kayla and I, I think we would do it again in a heartbeat!

Now, what you have all been waiting for… drum roll please… The winner is:

NARA LEE

Congratulations! *throws confetti*

We have already contacted the winner. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, we will be picking another winner.

THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!

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Contemporary Conversations

The Beginning of Contemporary Conversations

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HUZZAH! It is finally time for the festivities to start! I am so freaking excited! I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time.

First of all, add your name and a link to your blog to our linky at the bottom of this post. We would love you forever if you also made a post that announced your intention to participate, and spread the word so more people can join in!

Second, plan your books! Kayla and I may have amounted an insane amount of books to read for March, and you are welcome to do the same! Review as many as you would like.

Third, have fun! We’ll be making lists and writing discussions, but anything and everything goes. Some other ideas include cover hunts, first line guessing games, bingo cards, reading challenges, read-a-thons, author interviews, giveaways… the list goes on!

Last, but not least, use #contempconvos on Twitter. It will help everyone find your posts from the month!

The Challenges:

Many thanks to Shannelle @ The Art of Escapism for suggesting this! We’ll have three challenges this month (not one during “disabilities/mental illness/the hard stuff” week because we have a lot of discussions planned), and we’d love to see you join in!

This week: break out your Frost, Shakespeare, Neruda – it’s time to write some poetry! Book spine poetry, of course. And since this IS an event about contemporary books, you get brownie points from us if your poem is all in contemporary books. And trust me – you want brownie points.

I’ll be posting my poem on Kayla’s side on Thursday, so whenever you post yours (doesn’t matter what day), just remember to stop by and link up!

*drum roll*

This week’s theme is COMING OF AGE STORIES

If you have any questions or need some direction when it comes to “Coming of Age” contemporary books, don’t hesitate to tweet Kayla or I, or DM us. We are here to help!

Posts to come this week:

  • Review of Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
  • Review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  • Checking In on Wednesday’s
  • Emma (Miss Print) talk’s about Coming of Age Stories on Thursday

Don’t forget to link your initial participating post down below and let the fun begin!


If you are participating, don’t forget to enter in the month long giveaway!

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I was nominated not once, but twice! Woo! Tags Galore! Thank you Emma (Miss Print) and Kayla (The Thousand Lives) for tagging me! Let’s begin!

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the ten questions they’ve set you
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate ten people

Emma’s Questions:

  1. Favorite book of all time (top five if you can’t narrow it down)?
    1. EMMA! Ugh fine. You’re going to make me work here… If I Stay, Twenty Boy Summer, Crash Into You, Anna and the French Kiss, Maybe Someday…
  2. Best thing about being a blogger?
    1. Being able to talk about the books!
  3. Worst thing about being a blogger?
    1. Keeping up with all the new books. SO MANY NEW BOOKS. *cries*
  4. How many books do you read a week (month if it’s easier to parse)?
    1. I’d say I average about 4-5 books a month (Although I’ve already read 4 this year in less than two weeks, so it really depends on my mood and free time)
  5. Where do you do most of your reading?
    1. My sofa or bed.
  6. How many books are on your to read list right now?
    1. Too many to count.
  7. What’s one goal for your blogging life in 2015?
    1. To collaborate more with other bloggers, and so far I think I’m doing it!
  8. What 2015 release are you most excited to read?
    1. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead cause ADRIAN. *melts*
  9. If you could change the ending of one book, which would it be and why?
    1. Boundless by Cynthia Hand. Why? BECAUSE CHRISTIAN GOT THE SHORT END OF THE STICK AND ITS NOT FAIR.
  10. Open spot to share another bookish fact about yourself of your choice!
    1. Many people know me as the contemporary queen, but my senior year in high school all I read were paranormal and conspiracy stories. I was so into vampires. I even had a Team Edward shirt. *shudders*

Kayla’s Questions:

  1. If you could only own (library is still available) ONE book for the rest of your life, which would it be?
    1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I know. I know. I even shocked myself. O_O
  2. Imagine you have $50 to the bookstore of your choice – what would your order look like?
    1. All Fall Down, Crown of Midnight, Vanishing Girls, and The Start of Me and You. BOOM!
  3. What movie would you love to read as a novel?
    1. All 3 Iron Man movies! I know they are comic books, but I want it in books form too.
  4. You have one trope that will be included in the rest of the books you read: what is it?
    1. It’s only 7:45 am Kayla. I haven’t drank coffee yet. This takes too much brain power. I shall not answer it. lol
  5. What is one book you absolutely WILL NOT read, no matter what people say, and why?
    1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Why? I hate horror/scary stories. I get nightmares easily.
  6. You can only pick one 2015 release to read this year: which one would it be??
    1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  7. What book would you reread right now if you could?
    1. Maybe Someday and I am. LOL
  8. If this were a well-ordered universe, which character would be brought to life and be your best friend?
    1. ADRIAN IVASHKOV
  9. What’s the best book to movie or book to tv show you’ve seen?
    1. If I Stay is a recent one for me. But if I want to be like everyone else, The Hunger Games is up there.
  10. And because I liked Cynthia’s question, answer #1 from my questions!
    1. I hope you mean this question… What is one book/series that you really wish were a movie, and who should play the main character?
    2. My answer is: The Bloodline Series and I want Leighton Meester to play Sydney. I know she doesn’t have blonde hair and she can always dye it, but dude like I remember her as Blair in GG and she has that badass-ness to her that she could totally be Sydney. That was easy. 🙂

You have been Nominated!

Andi @ Andi ABC’s

Alison @ Hardcovers and Heroines

Margarida @ The Fault In Our Words

(Can’t nominate ten people because I don’t have ten people to nominate. Also, if you have already been nominated… SORRY!)

My Questions:

1. Which book to movie adaptation would you love for it to be re-done?

2.  What was your favorite debut novel of 2014?

3. Which book are you most anticipating in 2015?

4. If you were given all-expense paid trip to one of the biggest libraries in the world (ex: Stockholm Library in Sweden), which would you pick? Why?

5. Are you for or against e-readers?

6. What is your most anticipated sequel for 2015?

7. What are you currently reading right now? Any good?

8. How many completed series do you own?

9. How is your TBR looking?

10. Any exciting blogging plans for the future?

 

If you do the tag, please leave me the link below so I can read your answers! I would love to read them!

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Alternate Reality Giveaway: THE WINNERS

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You guys!!! It’s OVER! *throws confetti*

I really liked doing this giveaway for you guys and it was even better cause I got to do it with Kayla over at The Thousand Lives (Don’t get used to my mushy stuff Kayla. It happens only once a year. lol). Now, onto what you guys really want to know… Who won?!

Grand Prize Winner

Makaela

Runner Up Winner

Devon Kotch

Both winners have been contacted and must write back within 48 hours or someone else gets the goodies! Thank you everybody for participating by reading our posts and commenting on them. Next time, we’ll open it internationally so keep your eyes glued out for that one.

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Alternate Reality Giveaway: The Post Apocalyptic World

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When I was in middle school, there were two types of books I loved to read and one of them was the “Post Apocalyptic World” type. The Post Apocalyptic sub-genre exists within the dystopian genre. Today, I am going to talk about why I love this sub genre the most, and why it attracts so many of us.

First, I want to start of by giving you a definition of the word apocalyptic. We all have some idea of what is it, but I wanted to find a universal definition. What does apocalyptic mean then? It means “Describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world” or something “Momentous or catastrophic” (Source: Oxford Dictionary). Now, a post apocalyptic book would be a book after a war that destroys the world. There are several series today that can fit in some way or form in this sub genre. Those are The Divergent Trilogy, The 5th Wave Trilogy, The Testing Trilogy, and a couple more. A lot of the series I’ve mentioned have been in the New York Times Best Seller List, have been made into movies, or a film company has bought the movie rights. This sub genre is very big in our day in age and I think I know why.

The Post Apocalyptic stories give us survival stories. We like to believe that even if the world would come to an end, some of us would survive. The stories within this genre are inspiring. They give us hope. They empower us, making us feel like we too can do brave, life-altering things. These stories give us hope in humanity, that even though some destroyed it, there are a few who can restore once again. This sub genre brings out the best and worst in human nature, and for some reason, we love to see that.

I myself love these type of stories because they empower me to be stronger. There are so many horrible things happening around the world today, that sometimes it feels like some of the stories I read will become reality. The stories in this sub genre give me hope for the future. They provide not only prove me with entertainment, but a view into what might happen if that event or war occurred. I know some of you may say “Veronica, this is fiction we are taking about,” and I totally agree with you, but a “human being” is writing the fiction. I think that says a lot more than we sometimes want to think it says.

I initially thought I was going to write a fun post about the Post Apocalyptic sub-genre, but this is what came out instead. Oops.

 

So tell me, why do you love to read stories in the Post-Apocalyptic World sub-genre? or the Dystopian genre in general?

 

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Alternate Reality Giveaway: Trivia Crossword Answers

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Welcome back to Day 2 of our giveaway! Today is our first “fun” post, and Kayla and I put together a crossword puzzle based on some of our favorite fantasy and paranormal books. (Honestly though, I had way more fun watching Kayla go a bit crazy while making the list.) Click here to be taken to Kayla’s blog, where she has the initial questions and puzzle for you to fill out. Don’t forget to have fun! We didn’t make them too hard. 😀

After you’re finished come back here and check out your answers and report your scores below!

AR Trivia Answers

ACROSS:

  • 3) Audra’s first piece of food in years – Fries
  • 10) Starship Violet and Tarver meet on – Icarus
  • 12) Jack Force’s angelic name – Abbadon
  • 13) The _______ sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs.” – Candor
  • 14) Angel found in the Fairchild manor – Ithuriel
  • 15) Said “I suppose that now, I must become more than either.” – Tris
  • 16) Raffe’s true name – Raphael

DOWN:

  • 1) The original number of entries in The Testing (in numerals) – 108
  • 2) The true name of Eragon’s self-forged sword – Brisingr
  • 4) The Darkling’s symbol – Eclipse
  • 5) The mark Rose receives after the battle in Shadow Kiss – Zvezda
  • 6) The Shape of Zel’s DNA in Control – Infinite
  • 7) The Epic that killed David’s father – Steelheart
  • 8) Said this line: “Rose is in red, but never in blue, sharp as a thorn, fights like one too.” – Adrian
  • 9) Fruit Scarlet first gives Wolf – Tomato
  • 11) The politically correct term for the Bugger invaders in Ender’s Game – Formic

So how did you do? Comment below and let us know! And don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

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Alternate Reality Giveaway (March 15 – March 31)

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Hi guys! I’m excited to announce my first ever collaboration giveaway! I am doing this giveaway together with Kayla over at The Thousand Lives (she’s freaking awesome) and we have some good stuff for you all. If you haven’t followed her yet, click here so you can keep up with all of the awesomeness! 

Over the next two weeks, until March 31st, Kayla and I will be posting back and forth on our blogs, and working together on some posts as well that are all a part of this interactive giveaway. This giveaway was designed with our blog friends and readers in mind, giving you the opportunity to win free stuff, but also have fun at the same time!

If you haven’t guessed by the title on our lovely banner (which was created by Kayla, you guys go boost her ego cause I am not going to 😛 ), this giveaway’s theme is Alternate Realities, which is our blanket name for paranormal, fantasy, fairy tale, and post-apocaltypic tales. So if you’re a huge contemporary lover, consider this your entry level course into the unknown! And if you’re a huge fan of these genres, welcome to the club!

Our posts will be split two ways: discussion (code for: fangirling) and fun/interactive games. Kayla will be discussing fantasy books (angels and demons) and fairy tales reworks. I will be discussing all things that creep in the night (basically paranormal), and the post-apocalyptic stories that will make you extremely grateful you are an inhabitant of Earth. Once per week, Kayla and I will combine our efforts and have a bit of fun, and maybe most likely make fools of ourselves.

Schedule of Posts:

Monday 3/17 – Kayla discusses angels and demons, and spotlights our first giveaway book

Wednesday 3/19 – Alternate Reality trivia crossword puzzle!

Friday 3/21 – I will discuss paranormal novels, and feature our second giveaway book

Monday 3/24 – Kayla discusses the “fairy tales reworked” trend in YA right now, and features our third giveaway book

Wednesday 3/26 – Kayla and I will take a survey and comment on each others’ answers. Warning: the claws are coming out!

Friday 3/28 – I will discuss post-apocalyptic tales, and spotlight our final giveaway book

Monday 3/31 – Final wrap up, and announcing the giveaway winners!

And here is what you guys have been waiting for! THE PRIZES!

Grand Prize Winner:

1 $10 book of their choice

ARC of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Paperback of Ignite by Erica Crouch

Runner Up Winner:

ARC of Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Paperback of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

BOTH winners will also receive a few extra goodies! I won’t spill all our secrets, but I can tell you that one of them is a mix CD made by Kayla which includes over four hours of music!

And now for the part no one ever really reads: The Rules.

You must be 13 years or older to enter.

All contestants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.

All giveaway entries will be received through rafflecopter.

Book Giveaway ends March 29th, 2014 at 11:59pm USA Pacific Coast Time.

Book Giveaway is open to USA and Canada residents only!

There will be two winners, a Grand Prize Winner and a Runner Up Winner.

Winner will be announced and contacted on Monday March 31st, 2014.

Winners must respond within 48 hours of receiving, “You have won!” message.

New winner will be drawn if original winner has not responded within the 48 hour period.

Winner will be determined through the rafflecopter random generator.

You must trust us with your address or else, no book. Sorry!

You can enter below in the rafflecopter box/link, and make sure to come back for our follow up posts!

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