Happy Friday and welcome to BookTube News! If you’re not familiar with BookTube News, basically every Friday, I talk about some cool stuff that’s floating around the community.
Alyssa from ACReads told me about the year-long read-a-thon, also called AYearAThon, that she’s hosting with Ke-sha @ Forsaken707, Allyn @ Allyn J’nae, and Kristina @ThePrincessGummyBear. There are themes for each month, which is great if you want to join in on all or a handful of the themes! Check out the video.
See Steal Style Magazine Kickstarter
Aura has been a part of the BookTube community and is now raising money for the magazine she runs! Check out all the awesome perks and chip in. She’s only raising $300, so any amount will surely help.
10 Lies BookTubers Tell by booksoverlooks
Who are we kidding?! These lies are ALL true. Right? Riiiight.
Escape Into Words told me about the 2014 Turtle Awards
Turtle hilariously picks the winners of his version of the Bookish Academy Awards (original tag by bookadoodles).
Who doesn’t love covers?! I mean, really. Judging a book by its cover is the whole idea that surrounds book marketing and purchasing. Today, I want to talk about some of my favorite YA Sci Fi covers. Now, I don’t read a lot of Sci Fi, but when I do, it’s gonna be pretty!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis [ Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon ]
Viral by Kathy Reichs [ Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon ]
Control by Lydia Kang [ Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon ]
Live show discussion will be happening on February 22, 2014 at 7pm EST! Join the conversation now over on the Goodreads group!
(FTC Disclaimer: I received Control by Lydia Kang for free from Penguin in return for an honest review)
Whoa how magical is that title! But it’s all true in today’s episode of BookTube News.
MotherEffingBooks 2013 Stats and Comparisons
-This video made me think about the variety in my reading and definitely challenged me to get outside of my usual realm of reading.
Sarah Churchill Cardiff BookTuber Meetup (January 25)
-So much meet up! I wish I could go to all of them. I’m going to guess that it will be similar to the London one in that there will be book shopping and awesome hang out time and the sort.
BethJune327 Beth vs. Jamie vs. Whytnee Challenge
-So, I love challenges. If there’s anything you can take away from this week’s episode, it’s that. These ladies are swapping books to read and challenging one another to read something they might not usually pick up.
(Forsaken707 recommends) The Goodreads Psychic Part 1 & Part 2
-Gwendolyn looks at your “Read” shelf on Goodreads and tells you a book you should read next!
If you’ve been watching my videos as of late, you’ve probably heard me say, “I want to read more Middle Grade!” at least twice. At least. I’ve been sent Lovecraft Middle School by Charles Gilman, which kind of gave me that bug. So, what did I do? Of course, I went to my friendly, neighborhood Barnes & Noble and picked up Liar & Spy — which I loved — and Mary Poppins — which I’m still in the midst of reading.
Yesterday, I was watching MotherEffingBooks’ 2013 Stats and Comparisons video in which touched on the fact that reading a variety of books helped her read more books in previous years. So, that’s why I want to branch out a bit into Middle Grade (and Adult lit, but we’ll save the Adult lit for another post). It gives me some quick reads while I’m in the midst of my final semester of school, all the while finding some great books.
Okay, so, what do I need from you? I want recommendations! What are some of your favorite Middle Grade books that you have read? Leave a comment below!
Being Sloane Jacobs
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Lauren Morrill Amazon
• Book Depository
• Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
on January 7th 2014 Genres: Contemporary Pages:
eARC Source: Netgalley Goodreads
Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.
Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.
I really enjoyed this book. I somehow set my expectations pretty low, and was pleasantly entertained with this book! I thought it would blow up in the characters’ faces so bad that it would take some supernatural craziness to set things right again. Thankfully, the switch and the consequences played out to be quite realistic — as realistic as it can get when you swap places with your name twin.
Being Sloane Jacobs featured a wonderful cast of characters, whether they had a minimal part or if they were the MCs — Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon. They had some pretty interesting back stories that set them on the opposite sides of the tracks from one another, so it was neat to see that juxtaposition between the POVs.
Overall, great book and I really liked it!